When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($65K annually) can be spotted in Raleigh, N.C.; Elizabethtown, Ky. (approximately $53K), St. Joseph, Mo. ($52K), and Burnsville, N.C. (around $51K) are the next top-paying cities. Birmingham, Ala. is near the bottom for pay at about $50K. Altec Industries, Inc. workers in Alabama earn the most — $60K per year on average.
Mechanical Engineers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $65K annually; Human Resources Generalists also rank near the top of the list, pulling in around $53K per year.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $61K annually. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $55K per year. The greater proportion of employees (34 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $54K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Welders are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $42K per year. Altec Industries, Inc. workers who hold a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) are also well compensated, earning $72K on average.
In this position, it pays to have Team Leadership in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $70K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Microsoft Office; close to a sixth deem it necessary for work. Key skills also include Technical Sales, Process Improvement, and Customer Service.
Benefits and Perks
One in four respondents receive paid vacation, and only one in ten respondents get sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and nearly all employees use it to save for retirement. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of respondents and dental coverage for most survey participants. Some other perks are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and company car / automobile.