The highest paychecks go to Business Managers, who earn an average $148K annually, closely trailed by Financial Controllers (about $116K), Principal Process Development Engineers ($111K), and Project Development Engineers ($94K). Human Resources Associates are among the lowest paid at a median salary of approximately $60K.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $74K per year. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $91K annually. The greater proportion of employees (35 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $106K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $117K annually) can be spotted in San Diego, Calif.; Baton Rouge, La. (about $114K), Houston, Texas (around $114K), and Allentown, Pa. ($102K) are the next top-paying cities. Phoenix, Ariz. ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $63K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, Air Products & Chemicals Inc. employees make the most in Louisiana, earning $114K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Six Sigma Black Belts are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $133K annually. Becoming a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt can certainly pay off here; those folks make $91K on average. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. compensates Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)-holders the most at around $145K per year.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Operations Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $124K annually. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; just under a fifth of Air Products & Chemicals Inc.'s people use it regularly. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
36 percent have paid vacation, and only about 22 percent can take paid time off for illness. A 401(k) program is available, and most employees use it to save for retirement. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of respondents, and for a large number of survey participants, dental coverage is too. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.