Residents of Portland, Ore. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is around $85K annually; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of Vancouver, Wash. ($67K) and Hillsboro, Ore. (approximately $63K). Within the firm, employees working in Washington take home the most — about $67K per year on average.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $74K annually. The greater proportion of employees (44 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $64K per year.
The highest average salaries go to Mechanical Engineers, who bring in close to approximately $68K annually, though Process Engineers are not far behind at about $65K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Lean Six Sigma Certifications earn $66K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Nlight Photonics Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) — these employees rake in $68K per year.
Employees who count Project Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $93K annually. Data Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; more than a third of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Microsoft Office, Process Improvement, and Manufacturing Process Engineering.
Benefits and Perks
Nearly all respondents take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Nlight Photonics Corporation sponsors. Perks cover health insurance for almost all workers and dental coverage for the vast majority of survey participants. Other privileges include a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, stock options, and a stock purchase plan.