Senior Research Scientists are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $140K per year; Associate Research Scientists, Construction Superintendents, and SAS Programmers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in approximately $103K, about $81K, and $70K, respectively. Project Engineers make an average $43K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $85K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of RAND Corporation employees (35 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn about $52K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $100K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica, Calif. ($99K), Arlington, Va. ($88K), and Washington, DC ($86K) are the next top-paying cities. New York, N.Y. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging approximately $45K. By state, RAND Corporation employees make the most in California, earning $99K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, who make about $168K annually. RAND Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctorate (PhD) — these employees rake in around $102K per year.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Research Analysis; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $122K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at RAND Corporation is Data Analysis, with somewhere between a fifth and a fourth considering it a key competency. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
RAND Corporation lets only one-half of respondents take paid vacation and only 35 percent take sick leave. Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of workers and dental coverage for a fair number of workers. Some other perks are a casual working environment, 401(a), and life insurance.