When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $138K per year) can be spotted in Atlanta, Ga.; Dallas, Texas ($97K), Fort Worth, Texas (around $97K), and Reading, Pa. ($90K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $63K) is Houston, Texas. By state, Alcon Laboratories, Inc. pays its Texas employees the most; the pay rate there is $94K annually.
Senior Business Analysts are the best paid with the average salary hovering at about $95K per year; Medical Devices Quality Engineers, Senior Mechanical Engineers, and Research Engineers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $94K, around $91K, and $89K, respectively. Alcon Laboratories, Inc. hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Pharmaceuticals Sales Representatives (approximately $65K on average).
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $72K annually. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $77K per year. The greater proportion of employees (34 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of around $98K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make $112K per year. ASQ Certified Quality Engineers also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of about $94K annually. It pays to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Alcon Laboratories, Inc. — these employees make the most at approximately $101K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be People Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $117K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; a little less than a fifth consider it a key competency. Many workers are also familiar with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Alcon Laboratories, Inc. gives paid vacation days to two in five survey participants and sick leave to 18 percent. A large number of survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Almost all respondents report having health insurance, and a large number of respondents report having dental coverage. Alcon Laboratories, Inc. folks also make good use of life insurance, gym membership, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.