Principal Software Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $125K per year — though IT Senior Project Managers, Quality Assurance Engineers, and Senior Software Engineers also do fairly well at $115K, about $100K, and $85K, respectively. Medical Transcriptionists at Nuance Communications, Inc. do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($27K on average) at the company.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $64K annually. Average pay is $80K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make around $105K annually on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($110K per year) can be spotted in Boston, Mass.; New York, N.Y. (approximately $100K), Burlington, Mass. ($90K), and the company's headquarter city of Seattle, Wash. (about $89K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Melbourne, Fla.; in fact, at around $56K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, California offers the highest pay at $140K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $133K per year for Certified ScrumMasters, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Comptia A+ Service Technicians with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $78K annually. Employees who have a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) make the most here, hauling in approximately $84K per year.
Employees who count C++ among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is about $107K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Nuance Communications, Inc. is Microsoft Excel, with nearly one in six considering it a key competency. Other top skills include Java, Project Management, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
The vast majority of survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. A large number of respondents have health insurance, and benefits for a fair number of survey participants also include dental insurance. The list of perks also includes a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, a company cell phone, and free drinks.