Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $88K annually. The greater proportion of employees (32 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $68K per year.
Lead Systems Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $120K annually — though Electronics Engineers, Flight Test Engineers, and Mechanical Engineers also do fairly well at about $81K, $81K, and $68K, respectively. Electrical Engineers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of about $62K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($107K per year) can be spotted in Orlando, Fla.; Lexington Park, Md. (approximately $82K), Washington, DC ($81K), and San Diego, Calif. (around $71K) are the next top-paying cities. Jacksonville, Fla. ranks low on the pay scale — at $57K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Across Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)'s U.S. offices, employees in the state of District of Columbia earn the most, taking home $81K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
CompTIA Security+ Experts have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $73K per year. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Engineer in Trainings with credentials; these people earn approximately $72K annually on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Science (MS), Aerospace Engineering; Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awards $90K to these degree-holders.
Employees who count Systems Engineering among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $89K per year. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) workers, with nearly one-third of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Engineering Design, Microsoft Word, and Project Management.
The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just one in three respondents. A fair number of survey participants participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Nearly all respondents receive health insurance, and a fair number of workers get dental coverage. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) also dishes out privileges such as flexible hours, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and gym membership.