When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($111K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Sacramento, Calif. ($83K), Louisville, Ky. (about $71K), and Springfield, Ill. (approximately $57K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Charleston, W.Va. — at $46K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Indiana, where the average Army National Guard employee makes around $79K per year.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $56K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $45K per year. The largest fraction of Army National Guard people (36 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn approximately $55K annually on average.
Administrative Officers earn the highest median pay at $67K per year, followed by Public Affairs Specialists (about $52K), Human Resources Managers (around $50K), and Recruiters ($50K). On the lower end are Accounting Technicians at around $45K on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Cisco Certified Network Associates earn about $76K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Certified Information Systems Security Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at approximately $73K per year. Army National Guard provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Science (MS) — these employees rake in $90K annually.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Recruiting; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $71K per year. Microsoft Excel also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; nearly one in five of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other skills in demand are Microsoft Office, Human Resources Information System, and Operations Management.
At Army National Guard, 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
Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only one in four survey participants. Nearly one-half of workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Most employees receive health insurance, and a majority of workers get dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and gym membership.