Research & Development Managers earn the highest median pay at $118K annually, followed by National Account Managers (around $106K), Key Account Managers (about $79K), and Market Research Managers ($79K). On the lower end are Senior Accountants at $60K on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $102K per year) can be spotted in Phoenix, Ariz.; San Francisco, Calif. ($90K), Mount Arlington, N.J. (around $83K), and Chicago, Ill. (about $83K) are the next top-paying cities. Nashville, Tenn. is near the bottom for pay at $55K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Arizona pays Mars, Inc. the most — approximately $102K annually on average.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $71K per year. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of approximately $70K annually. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $89K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Project Management Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach $124K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Specialists with credentials; these people earn about $83K per year on average. Those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Mars, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach around $120K annually.
When it comes to skills, Strategic Planning seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $97K per year. Project Management is a popular skill in the Mars, Inc. workforce; a little less than a fifth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Financial Analysis, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about 35 percent receiving paid vacation and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of workers receiving sick leave. With an eye toward the future, Mars, Inc. offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Nearly all workers receive health insurance, and a large number of respondents get dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, a casual working environment, and a subsidized cell phone.