Nearing the top of the pay scale are Senior Finance Managers, Principal Electrical Engineers, Senior Principal Engineers, and Senior Systems Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at $140K per year, the other salaries come in at around $109K, $107K, and $91K, respectively. On the lower end are Mechanical Engineers at approximately $76K on average.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $74K annually. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $81K per year. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of about $106K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $99K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Sterling, Va. ($92K), Chandler, Ariz. (around $92K), and Greenbelt, Md. ($85K) are the next top-paying cities. Dulles, Va. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $74K. By state, Orbital Sciences Corporation pays its California employees the most; the pay rate there is around $104K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt certainly has its perks — salaries approach $92K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. On average, salaries rise to $75K annually for accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professionals. Orbital Sciences Corporation workers who hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) are also well compensated, earning about $143K on average.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $102K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Orbital Sciences Corporation is Engineering Design; just under one in three of employees use it for work. Employees also tend to know Microsoft Office, Matlab, and Systems Engineering.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Nearly all employees save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Almost all workers report having health insurance, and most survey participants report having dental coverage. Some other advantages of working at Orbital Sciences Corporation are a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and life insurance.