Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $75K per year. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $64K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (30 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and make around $131K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $130K annually) can be spotted in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Lynchburg, Va. (about $98K), Richland, Wash. ($89K), and Washington, DC ($72K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($66K) in Aiken, S.C., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Pennsylvania, where the average salary is around $128K per year.
Engineering Project Managers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing about $121K annually on average; Principal Mechanical Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to $105K, followed by Nuclear Engineers earning approximately $75K and Mechanical Engineers making around $67K. Near the bottom at Areva are Electrical Engineers, pulling in an average of just about $64K.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Certificate Holders, who make $134K per year. Acquiring certification to be a Project Management Professional is rewarded with median pay of $108K annually. Areva workers who hold an Associate of Science (AS) are also well compensated, earning $110K on average.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Customer Relationship Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $121K per year. Engineering Design is a popular skill among Areva workers, with close to a third of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Office, Technical Analysis, and Project Management.
At Areva, there are significantly more males who responded to the survey than females — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Areva gives paid vacation days to a quarter of employees and sick leave to 18 percent. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Areva provides an optional 401(k) plan, and most survey participants participate. The vast majority of workers report having health insurance, and almost all respondents report having dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and a company cell phone.