The highest paychecks go to Senior Finance Managers, who earn an average about $140K annually, closely trailed by Senior Principal Engineers ($107K), Principal Mechanical Engineers (approximately $104K), and Senior Mechanical Engineers (around $91K). Earning only $76K on average, Mechanical Engineers make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $82K per year. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $74K annually. The greater proportion of employees (29 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $104K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $99K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Sterling, Va. ($92K), Chandler, Ariz. ($92K), and Greenbelt, Md. ($85K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (approximately $61K) in Gilbert, Ariz., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, District of Columbia offers the highest pay at about $99K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Six Sigma Green Belts, who make $92K annually. On average, salaries rise to $83K per year for accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professionals. The best paid folks at Orbital Sciences Corporation have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE), earning $143K annually.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of around $102K per year. Engineering Design is regularly seen around here; just under one in three of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Microsoft Office, Matlab, and Systems Engineering round out the set of key employee skills.
Orbital Sciences Corporation's employees who answered the questionnaire are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
The vast majority of employees report contributing to a 401(k). For most respondents, benefits include health insurance, and nearly all workers get dental coverage, too. Orbital Sciences Corporation folks also make good use of a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, life insurance, and flexible hours.