The highest paychecks go to Senior Research Scientists, who earn an average $140K annually, closely trailed by Directors of Operations and Administration (about $135K), Associate Research Scientists (around $103K), and SAS Programmers (approximately $70K). Among the lower-paid positions at RAND Corporation are Project Engineers — the median salary for this role approaches $43K.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $85K per year. Overall, the greater share of RAND Corporation folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average approximately $52K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($100K per year) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif. (around $100K), Washington, DC (about $98K), and Arlington, Va. ($88K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is New York, N.Y. at $45K. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in California, where the average salary is around $100K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Information Systems Security Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $168K per year. Acquiring certification to be a CompTIA Security+ Expert is rewarded with median pay of about $109K annually. Employees who have a Doctorate (PhD) make the most here, hauling in $102K per year.
When it comes to skills, Research Analysis seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $122K annually. Data Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly more than a fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel.
Benefits and Perks
The company allows more than half of workers to take paid time off for vacation, but only 38 percent get paid sick leave. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of workers and dental coverage for most employees. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, 401(a), and life insurance.