The highest average salaries go to Principal Software Engineers, who bring in close to around $125K annually, though IT Senior Project Managers are not far behind at approximately $115K along with Quality Assurance Engineers ($100K) and Senior Software Engineers (about $85K). Near the bottom at Nuance Communications, Inc. are Medical Transcriptionists, pulling in an average of just $25K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($107K per year) can be spotted in Boston, Mass.; Cambridge, Mass. ($98K), the company's headquarter city of Seattle, Wash. ($94K), and Burlington, Mass. (approximately $91K) are the next top-paying cities. Melbourne, Fla. ranks low on the pay scale — at $56K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Massachusetts, where the average salary is around $99K annually.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of about $83K per year. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $65K annually. Overall, the greater share of Nuance Communications, Inc. folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average around $104K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ScrumMasters have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $133K annually. Acquiring certification to be a Microsoft Certified Professional is rewarded with median pay of $85K per year. Nuance Communications, Inc. compensates Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS)-holders the most at about $100K annually.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be C++; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $91K per year. Folks here also tend to know Java; on the survey, close to a fifth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
A 401(k) program is available, and nearly all respondents use it to save for retirement. A solid majority of workers can count on health insurance, and a strong majority of survey participants have dental coverage as a benefit. The list of perks also includes a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and tuition reimbursement.