Bringing in the most money are Software Engineers — their earnings average $94K per year. Flight Instructors are a close second at approximately $93K along with Branch Sales Managers (around $64K) and Executive Assistants (about $47K). Graphic Designers make an average $43K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $54K annually. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $45K per year. The greater proportion of employees (38 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of about $89K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($86K per year) can be spotted in Tulsa, Okla.; Austin, Texas (around $69K), Wichita, Kan. ($61K), and Broken Arrow, Okla. ($55K) are the next top-paying cities. St. Louis, Mo. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $42K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Colorado; salaries there average to $90K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Flight Instructors have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $88K per year. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) at FlightSafety International Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach approximately $87K annually.
When it comes to skills, C++ Programming Language seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $92K per year. Microsoft Word also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; nearly one in eight of employees surveyed report using it at work. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Organizing are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
30 percent have paid vacation, and only about 22 percent can take paid time off for illness. Most employees allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of employees and dental coverage for most respondents. FlightSafety International Inc. also dishes out privileges such as flexible hours, a company cell phone, life insurance, and a casual working environment.