Earning about $159K per year on average, Engineering Group Managers receive the most money, followed by Senior Systems Engineers ($149K), Computer and Information Research Scientists (approximately $111K), and System Integration Engineers ($106K). On the lower end are Software Engineers at around $68K on average.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $80K annually on average. Average pay is around $90K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $133K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Engineer in Trainings are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $148K per year. Earning a Cisco Certified Network Associate certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $83K annually on average. Those with a Doctorate (PhD), Physics at Jet Propulsion Laboratory come out on top, and their salaries approach $155K per year.
When it comes to skills, Research Analysis seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $148K annually. A garden variety skill at Jet Propulsion Laboratory is Systems Engineering; about a fifth of Jet Propulsion Laboratory's people use it regularly. Engineering Design, Project Management, and C++ round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Only 38 percent enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for nearly all survey participants and dental coverage for most survey participants. The list of perks also includes a company cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.