When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $95K annually) can be spotted in Indianapolis, Ind.; Sacramento, Calif. ($83K), Louisville, Ky. (about $71K), and Springfield, Ill. ($57K) are the next top-paying cities. At $46K, Charleston, W.Va. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Army National Guard pays its Indiana employees the most; the pay rate there is around $79K per year.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $46K annually. Survey participants who have worked at Army National Guard for between five and 10 years earn around $56K per year on average. Overall, the greater share of Army National Guard folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average $55K annually.
Administrative Officers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $67K per year; Public Affairs Specialists, Human Resources Managers, and Recruiters also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $52K, about $50K, and around $50K, respectively. Accounting Technicians make an average approximately $45K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Cisco Certified Network Associates, who make about $76K annually. Becoming a CompTIA Security+ Expert can certainly pay off here; those folks make $71K on average. Employees who have a Master of Science (MS) make the most here, hauling in $90K per year.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Operations Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $71K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; a little less than a fifth consider it a key competency. Microsoft Office, Recruiting, and Human Resources Information System are also desirable skills.
The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky few (29 percent) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. To plan for old age, nearly one-half of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. A fair number of employees can count on health insurance, and a majority of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Army National Guard also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, gym membership, a subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.