The highest average salaries go to Principal Software Engineers, who bring in close to $118K annually, though Field Marketing Managers are not far behind at $115K along with Senior Software Engineers (approximately $95K) and Systems Administrators (about $76K). Medical Transcriptionists make an average around $38K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $79K per year on average. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $57K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (34 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $109K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $115K annually) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Seattle, Wash.; New York, N.Y. (around $110K), Boston, Mass. ($110K), and Burlington, Mass. ($88K) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta, Ga. is near the bottom for pay at $44K. Nuance Communications, Inc. workers in Washington earn the most — around $110K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make $96K annually. Certified Software Test Engineers with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at about $91K per year. Employees who have a Master of Arts (MA) make the most here, hauling in approximately $138K annually.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Strategic Marketing; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $115K per year. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under one in five of employees surveyed report using it at work. People Management, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Nuance Communications, Inc. provides an optional 401(k) plan, and a fair number of employees participate. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of survey participants, and a fair number of respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Nuance Communications, Inc. also dishes out privileges such as a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, free drinks, life insurance, and optional telecommute / work from home.