Bringing in the most money are Business Development Managers — their earnings average about $115K annually. IT Security Managers are a close second at around $115K along with Senior Programmer Analysts ($107K) and Senior Financial Analysts (approximately $89K). Near the bottom at NRG Energy, Inc. are Staff Accountants, pulling in an average of just $57K.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $81K per year. The greater proportion of employees (29 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $70K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $112K per year) can be spotted in El Segundo, Calif.; Scottsdale, Ariz. ($106K), San Francisco, Calif. (approximately $100K), and the company's headquarter city of Princeton, N.J. (around $87K) are the next top-paying cities. Philadelphia, Pa. ranks low on the pay scale — at $71K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in Arizona take home the most — $106K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $134K per year for Certified Professional Engineers, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Professional Engineer License Holders with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $133K annually. At NRG Energy, Inc., employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering receive the highest salaries at approximately $112K.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Engineering Design among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $124K per year. Project Management is regularly seen around here; nearly one-fifth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Other top skills include Financial Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
As part of compensation, NRG Energy, Inc. gives paid vacation to 44 percent and paid sick leave to a fifth of survey participants. A large number of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the vast majority of workers, and most respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. NRG Energy, Inc. folks also make good use of a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a stock purchase plan.