The highest paychecks go to Senior Systems Engineers, who earn an average $148K annually, closely trailed by Principal Software Engineers (about $132K), Contracts Managers ($129K), and Program Project Managers (approximately $116K). Near the bottom at DRS Technologies, Inc. are Field Service Engineers, pulling in an average of just $70K.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $68K per year on average. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $62K annually. The greater proportion of employees (38 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $103K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $100K annually) can be spotted in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Huntsville, Ala. ($96K), Herndon, Va. ($91K), and St. Louis, Mo. (around $89K) are the next top-paying cities. Washington, DC ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $63K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Maryland, where they average to around $105K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Certificate Holders earn $118K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. At DRS Technologies, Inc., employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree receive the highest salaries at $119K.
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 $122K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Office; slightly less than one-fifth consider it a key competency. Engineering Design, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; DRS Technologies, Inc. gives paid vacation days to half of survey participants and sick leave to one-seventh of workers. Almost all employees plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of survey participants, and a large number of respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Additional benefits of working here are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, flexible hours, and gym membership.