The highest paychecks go to Engineering Group Managers, who earn an average $159K annually, closely trailed by Senior Systems Engineers ($149K), Computer and Information Research Scientists ($111K), and System Integration Engineers (around $106K). Among the lower-paid positions at Jet Propulsion Laboratory are Software Engineers — the median salary for this role approaches about $75K.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $90K per year on average. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $80K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (34 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $130K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Engineer in Trainings receive bigger paychecks ($148K annually) than those without credentials. Becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $83K on average. Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctorate (PhD), Physics — these employees rake in approximately $155K per year.
Employees who count Algorithm Development among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $148K annually. Systems Engineering is a popular skill among Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers, with around one in five of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Engineering Design, Project Management, and C++ were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to employee benefits, Jet Propulsion Laboratory has room for improvement — only 38 percent are paid for vacation and sick time. 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. For nearly all employees, benefits include health insurance, and almost all survey participants get dental coverage, too. Jet Propulsion Laboratory folks also make good use of a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.