When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $160K per year) can be spotted in San Jose, Calif.; Santa Clara, Calif. (about $120K), the company's headquarter city of Houston, Texas ($94K), and New York, N.Y. ($65K) are the next top-paying cities. At $56K, Austin, Texas is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Florida; salaries there average to around $134K annually.
Senior Software Engineers earn the highest median pay at $135K per year, followed by Information Technology Managers (about $118K), Senior Contracts Managers ($110K), and Senior Technical Support Engineers (around $109K). Financial compensation for Technical Writers is rather low — on average only $55K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $86K annually. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $59K per year. The largest slice of the BMC Software, Inc. workforce (48 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, approximately $114K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach around $125K per year for Pragmatic Marketing Certifieds; non-accredited workers make much less. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified ITIL Leaders with credentials; these people earn $120K annually on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management; BMC Software, Inc. awards $148K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Java; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $140K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; nearly one in ten consider it a key competency. Other skills in demand are UNIX, Customer Service, and Project Management.
Benefits and Perks
Only 29 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. Most workers report contributing to a 401(k). A large number of respondents receive health insurance, and a strong majority of workers get dental coverage. BMC Software, Inc. also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, gym membership, optional telecommute / work from home, and free drinks.