Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $97K annually. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $79K per year on average. The largest fraction of Jet Propulsion Laboratory people (35 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn $121K annually on average.
Senior Systems Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $150K per year — though System Integration Engineers, Software Engineers, and Aerospace Systems Engineers also do fairly well at $106K, $93K, and about $89K, respectively. Near the bottom at Jet Propulsion Laboratory are Electronics Engineers, pulling in an average of just $81K.
Certifications and Degrees
Engineer in Trainings are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $148K annually. The best paid folks at Jet Propulsion Laboratory have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), earning around $156K per year.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Research Analysis; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of approximately $148K annually. Engineering Design is a popular skill among Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers, with one-fourth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Systems Engineering, Project Management, and Matlab.
At Jet Propulsion Laboratory, there are significantly more males who responded to the survey than females — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Only 37 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. With an eye toward the future, Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Almost all employees report having health insurance, and nearly all employees report having dental coverage. Jet Propulsion Laboratory also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, and life insurance.