The highest paychecks go to Robotics Engineers, who earn an average $175K per year, closely trailed by Electronics Engineers ($107K), Electrical Engineers (approximately $102K), and Aerospace Systems Engineers ($99K). Financial compensation for System Integration Engineers is rather low — on average only around $80K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make about $77K annually on average. Survey participants who have worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for between five and 10 years earn $101K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (30 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $118K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Six Sigma Green Belts receive bigger paychecks (about $103K per year) than those without credentials. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Engineer in Trainings with credentials; these people earn $73K annually on average. The highest-paying degree here is a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA); Jet Propulsion Laboratory awards approximately $175K to these degree-holders.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Data Analysis; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of around $106K per year. Folks here also tend to know Matlab; on the survey, roughly one in four of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Engineering Design, Systems Engineering, and Project Management were also reported by many survey participants.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Jet Propulsion Laboratory gives paid vacation days to two-fifths of respondents and sick leave to 31 percent. Perks cover health insurance for nearly all workers and dental coverage for the vast majority of workers. Jet Propulsion Laboratory folks also make good use of a casual working environment, a company cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.