Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $88K annually. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $51K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (34 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $114K annually.
Bringing in the most money are Chemical Engineers — their earnings average around $127K per year. Chief Engineers are a close second at $127K along with Electronics Engineers ($105K) and Mechanical Engineers (around $85K). Naval Surface Warfare Center hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Systems Analysts ($68K on average).
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($124K annually) can be spotted in Bloomington, Ind.; Crane, Ind. (about $103K), Philadelphia, Pa. ($93K), and Norco, Calif. (approximately $89K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Panama City, Fla. at $69K. The highest pay by state can be found in Maryland, where salaries average out at around $133K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Professional Engineers receive bigger paychecks (about $100K annually) than those without credentials. Bigger paychecks are awarded to CompTIA Security+ Experts with credentials; these people earn approximately $88K per year on average. Regarding salaries and education, Naval Surface Warfare Center pays those with a Master of Science (MS) the most — $118K.
In this position, it pays to have Systems Engineering in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $148K annually. A garden variety skill at Naval Surface Warfare Center is Project Management; approximately one in three of Naval Surface Warfare Center's people use it regularly. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Unfortunately, a minority of employees — about 38 percent — are presented with both paid vacation and sick leave. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for nearly all employees and dental coverage for the larger part of workers. Perks also include flexible hours, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.