When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $138K per year) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; Austin, Texas ($92K), Blacksburg, Va. ($77K), and San Antonio, Texas (about $75K) are the next top-paying cities. At $58K, Elk Grove Village, Ill. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Rackspace, US Inc. pays its California employees the most; the pay rate there is around $116K annually.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Senior Software Engineers, Senior Product Managers, Software Developers, and Software Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at $122K per year, the other salaries come in at around $121K, approximately $97K, and $93K, respectively. Earning only about $54K on average, Linux System Administrators make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $62K annually. The greater proportion of employees (34 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $88K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ITIL Leaders receive bigger paychecks ($106K annually) than those without credentials. Project Management Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $94K per year. It pays to have a bachelor's degree in technology at Rackspace, US Inc. — these employees make the most at $122K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have may be C++ Programming Language; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $125K per year. Python also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under one in five of employees surveyed report using it at work. Linux, Project Management, and Customer Relationship Management are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Nearly all employees set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). At Rackspace, US Inc., nearly all workers have health insurance, and the vast majority of employees have dental coverage. Other privileges include a casual working environment, free drinks, gym membership, a company cell phone, and a stock purchase plan.