Laboratory Research Principal Investigators are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing around $121K per year on average; Senior Process Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to approximately $115K, followed by Process Engineers earning $88K and Chemical Engineers making $87K. Research Associates make an average about $67K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $86K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $76K per year. The largest fraction of E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont) people (28 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and earn around $115K annually on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($116K per year) can be spotted in Charleston, W.Va.; Orange, Texas (about $116K), Richmond, Va. (approximately $109K), and Houston, Texas ($100K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Newark, Del. at approximately $82K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of West Virginia; salaries there average to about $112K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Professional Engineers, who make $113K per year. Acquiring certification to be a Project Management Professional is rewarded with median pay of $103K annually. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont) compensates Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)-holders the most at around $127K per year.
Employees who count Project Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $97K annually. Data Analysis is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; roughly a sixth of E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont)'s people use it regularly. Chemical Process Engineering, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 38 percent receiving paid vacation and one in five employees receiving paid sick days. To plan for old age, a large number of respondents maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. For nearly all employees, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of survey participants get dental coverage, too. Advantages of working here also include life insurance, flexible hours, a casual working environment, and a company cell phone.