Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $72K per year. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $71K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (43 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make approximately $103K per year on average.
Residents of Naperville, Ill. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $119K annually; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of Chicago, Ill. ($106K) and Lemont, Ill. (around $81K).
Principal Mechanical Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $124K per year on average; Senior Electrical Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to $121K, followed by Nuclear Engineers earning about $105K and Mechanical Engineers making approximately $95K.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals receive bigger paychecks ($143K annually) than those without credentials. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified Six Sigma Green Belts with credentials; these people earn around $96K per year on average. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) make the most here, hauling in approximately $128K annually.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Technical Analysis; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $126K per year. Project Management is regularly seen around here; close to a third of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Engineering Design, Microsoft Word, and Linux round out the set of key employee skills.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Although the firm compensates a little more than half of workers for sick days, it only pays two-fifths of survey participants for vacation time. Argonne National Laboratory provides health insurance to most employees, and a large number of workers do receive dental coverage. Argonne National Laboratory folks also make good use of 401(a), life insurance, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.