Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $55K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (40 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $71K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $95K annually) can be spotted in Seattle, Wash.; New York, N.Y. (approximately $93K), Dallas, Texas ($88K), and Sunnyvale, Calif. (around $77K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Raleigh, N.C. — at $48K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Georgia, where the average salary is approximately $143K per year.
Information Technology Project Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $85K annually — though Senior Technical Consultants, Senior SAP Consultants, and Senior Software Engineers also do fairly well at $83K, around $81K, and $74K, respectively. Programmer Analysts are among the lowest paid at a median salary of approximately $61K.
Certifications and Degrees
SAP Certified Application Consultants are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $102K per year. Project Management Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $96K annually. The best paid folks at HCL America, Inc. have a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (ME), earning around $113K per year.
When it comes to skills, .NET seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $92K annually. A garden variety skill at HCL America, Inc. is Project Management; about an eighth of HCL America, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Microsoft Office, Program Management, and Java/J2EE were also reported by many survey participants.
The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
The larger part of respondents allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Most employees receive health insurance, and a solid majority of workers get dental coverage. Some other perks are a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.