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 Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Aerospace Engineers also do fairly well at about $72K, $68K, and $67K, respectively. Earning only approximately $59K on average, Electronics Engineers make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $89K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (39 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $68K annually on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($84K per year) can be spotted in Lexington Park, Md.; Ridgecrest, Calif. ($77K), Patuxent River, Md. (around $68K), and Lakehurst, N.J. (approximately $67K) are the next top-paying cities. Havelock, N.C. is near the bottom for pay at about $57K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of District of Columbia; salaries there average to $88K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
CompTIA Security+ Experts are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $94K per year. Earning a Security Clearance Certification certification garners significant financial rewards of about $79K annually on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME); Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awards $95K to these degree-holders.
When it comes to skills, Systems Engineering seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of around $88K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is Engineering Design; nearly one in three of employees use it for work. Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel round out the set of key employee skills.
Men make up the majority of employees who took the survey in a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
A quarter of survey participants — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. A fair number of workers participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. At Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), a strong majority of respondents have health insurance, and a solid majority of employees have dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to flexible hours, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and gym membership.