Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $51K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (50 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make approximately $88K annually on average.
Residents of New York, N.Y. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $74K per year; other top-paying cities include San Diego, Calif. (about $69K) and the company's headquarter city of Carlsbad, Calif. ($65K). Across its U.S. offices, the state of New York pays Gemological Institute of America (GIA) the most — around $74K annually on average.
In this position, it pays to have Data Analysis in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $103K per year. Financial Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly less than a fourth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers are also familiar with Microsoft Excel, HTML, and Business Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
To plan for old age, almost all respondents maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. Though the larger part of employees get paid time off for vacation, only about 22 percent receive paid sick leave. Nearly all employees report having health insurance, and a large number of employees report having dental coverage. Gemological Institute of America (GIA) employees also enjoy perks such as tuition reimbursement and life insurance.