When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $135K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Springfield, Va. ($122K), Charlottesville, Va. (around $96K), and Houston, Texas (approximately $70K) are the next top-paying cities. Binghamton, N.Y. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $41K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of District of Columbia; salaries there average to $135K annually.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $42K per year. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $71K annually.
Bringing in the most money are Senior Software Engineers — their earnings average $83K per year. Paralegals are a close second at around $68K along with Associate Software Engineers (approximately $46K).
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals receive bigger paychecks (about $200K annually) than those without credentials. The best paid folks at Ensco, Inc. have a Bachelor's Degree, earning $67K per year.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $135K annually. SQL also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under one-fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other skills in demand are C, Java, and Linux.
Benefits and Perks
Just one in four employees receive paid time off. A 401(k) program is available, and a large number of workers use it to save for retirement. A large number of employees report having health insurance, and almost all workers report having dental coverage. Other privileges include a company cell phone, flexible hours, a casual working environment, and life insurance.