Directors of Operations are the best paid with the average salary hovering at about $170K annually; Paralegals, Quality Assurance Supervisors, and Quality Assurance Engineers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $71K, $64K, and around $62K, respectively. Financial compensation for Quality Assurance Coordinators is rather low — on average only $57K — relative to the rest of the company.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $118K per year) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; the company's headquarter city of Lake Forest, Ill. ($86K), Austin, Texas (approximately $69K), and Raleigh, N.C. (around $64K) are the next top-paying cities. At $57K, Rocky Mount, N.C. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Hospira, Inc. employees make the most in California, earning about $130K annually on average.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $61K per year on average. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $69K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Hospira, Inc. employees (35 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn approximately $102K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to about $120K annually for Microsoft Certified IT Professional : Enterprise Administrators, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD); Hospira, Inc. awards around $149K to these degree-holders.
In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $67K per year. Quality Assurance / Quality Control also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly less than one-fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers are also familiar with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
44 percent receive paid vacation, and only 22 percent get sick leave. The vast majority of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. A large number of respondents receive health insurance, and most employees get dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and a subsidized cell phone.