Bringing in the most money are Operations Managers — their earnings average $120K per year. Estimating Managers are a close second at around $89K along with Supplier Quality Engineers ($75K) and Operations Team Leaders (approximately $67K). Payroll Specialists make an average about $51K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($116K annually) can be spotted in Amityville, N.Y.; Garden Grove, Calif. (approximately $82K), St. Louis, Mo. (around $81K), and Cromwell, Conn. (about $71K) are the next top-paying cities. Wellington, Kan. is near the bottom for pay at $50K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of New York; salaries there average to $91K per year.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $75K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $65K per year. The greater proportion of employees (28 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of about $86K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Senior Human Resources Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $71K per year. Earning a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $65K annually on average. GKN Aerospace provides the highest financial reward to those with an Associate's Degree, Business Management — these employees rake in $73K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Microsoft Word; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of around $100K annually. A relatively widespread skill at GKN Aerospace is Microsoft Excel; just over one in five of employees use it for work. Manufacturing Process Engineering, Microsoft Office, and Lean Manufacturing are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Only 35 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. Almost all workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. The vast majority of employees have health insurance, and benefits for the vast majority of survey participants also include dental insurance. GKN Aerospace folks also make good use of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company cell phone.