When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $95K per year) can be spotted in Dallas, Texas; Reading, Pa. (around $92K), Fort Worth, Texas (approximately $85K), and Irvine, Calif. ($81K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Atlanta, Ga. — at $54K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Pennsylvania, where the average Alcon Laboratories, Inc. employee makes $90K annually.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Medical Devices Quality Engineers, Research Engineers, Senior Mechanical Engineers, and Manufacturing Production Supervisors; while the first receives the highest median pay at about $94K per year, the other salaries come in at $89K, around $87K, and $84K, respectively. Near the bottom at Alcon Laboratories, Inc. are Medical Device Sales Representatives, pulling in an average of just $58K.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of approximately $79K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $72K per year. The largest fraction of Alcon Laboratories, Inc. people (31 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn about $94K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Project Management Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach approximately $105K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. ASQ Certified Quality Engineers with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $94K annually. Alcon Laboratories, Inc. provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) — these employees rake in $98K per year.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Marketing Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $118K annually. Project Management is regularly seen around here; around an eighth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and People Management are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Alcon Laboratories, Inc. gives paid vacation days to 42 percent and sick leave to 19 percent. Most survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for most workers and dental coverage for a large number of employees. Employees can also look forward to life insurance, gym membership, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.