When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($135K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Springfield, Va. (about $118K), Melbourne, Fla. ($114K), and Charlottesville, Va. (around $92K) are the next top-paying cities. At approximately $41K, Binghamton, N.Y. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Ensco, Inc. workers in District of Columbia earn the most — $135K per year on average.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $69K annually. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $68K per year. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $118K annually.
Bringing in the most money are Engineering Project Managers — their earnings average around $90K per year. Human Resources Business Partners are a close second at $72K along with Paralegals (about $68K) and Software Engineers (around $51K).
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $90K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Ensco, Inc. compensates B.A. in Communication-holders the most at $72K per year.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about 28 percent receiving paid vacation and nearly one-sixth of workers receiving sick leave. Most respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Most survey participants can count on health insurance, and the vast majority of survey participants have dental coverage as a benefit. Perks also include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and a subsidized cell phone.