Senior Mechanical Engineers earn the highest median pay at $110K annually, followed by Environmental Scientists (approximately $67K) and Electronics Technicians (about $66K).
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $65K per year. Survey participants who have worked at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for between five and 10 years earn $62K annually on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees (38 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn around $69K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $89K annually) can be spotted in Newport, Ore.; Seattle, Wash. ($83K), Tampa, Fla. ($68K), and Washington, DC (approximately $63K) are the next top-paying cities. Within the firm, employees working in Oregon take home the most — $89K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Professional Engineers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to around $110K annually. Engineer in Trainings with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $78K per year. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workers who hold a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) are also well compensated, earning about $85K on average.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Engineering Design among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of around $111K annually. Data Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; roughly one in four of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers usually know Technical Writing, Project Management, and Environmental Compliance as well.
Benefits and Perks
Two in five employees have paid vacation, and only about one in three survey participants can take paid time off for illness. To plan for old age, a little over a half of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. At National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the larger part of employees have health insurance, and a majority of survey participants have dental coverage. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also dishes out privileges such as flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and a subsidized cell phone.