Engineering Group Managers earn the highest median pay at $159K annually, followed by Senior Systems Engineers (approximately $149K), Computer and Information Research Scientists ($111K), and System Integration Engineers (around $106K). On the lower end are Software Engineers at $68K on average.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $80K per year. Average pay is $90K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest fraction of Jet Propulsion Laboratory people (31 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn around $132K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Engineer in Trainings receive bigger paychecks (approximately $160K annually) than those without credentials. On average, salaries rise to $83K per year for accredited Cisco Certified Network Associates. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD), Physics; Jet Propulsion Laboratory awards $155K to these degree-holders.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Algorithm Development among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $148K annually. Systems Engineering is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; one in four of Jet Propulsion Laboratory's people use it regularly. Many workers are also familiar with Project Management, Engineering Design, and Matlab.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just two-fifths of survey participants. At Jet Propulsion Laboratory, most survey participants have health insurance, and a large number of workers have dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.