When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $135K per year) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; Atlanta, Ga. (about $87K), Houston, Texas (approximately $85K), and Melville, N.Y. ($77K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Hagerstown, Md. — at $52K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in New York, where the average salary is $112K annually.
Directors of Information Technology Program Management are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing about $123K per year on average; Product Management Directors are next on the list, bringing in close to around $102K, followed by Senior Application Developers earning $84K and Finance Managers making $83K. Earning only approximately $65K on average, Senior Financial Analysts make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $53K annually on average. Survey participants who have worked at First Data Corporation for between five and 10 years earn about $80K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (33 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $93K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $132K per year for Sun Certified System Administrators; non-accredited workers make much less. Acquiring certification to be a Project Management Professional is rewarded with median pay of approximately $110K annually. Regarding salaries and education, First Data Corporation pays those with an Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) the most — $118K.
In this position, it pays to have People Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $114K per year. Folks here also tend to know Project Management; on the survey, approximately one in six of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Many workers usually know Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis as well.
Benefits and Perks
38 percent receive paid vacation, and only 30 percent get sick leave. A strong majority of respondents take advantage of the 401(k) plan that First Data Corporation sponsors. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for nearly all employees, and most respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Additional benefits of working here are life insurance, stock options, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.