When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($134K annually) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; Mountain View, Calif. (approximately $127K), Carmel, Ind. ($120K), and Tucson, Ariz. (about $118K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Indianapolis, Ind. — at around $68K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, Roche Diagnostics Corporation pays its Arizona employees the most; the pay rate there is $109K per year.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of around $74K annually. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make approximately $68K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (39 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of about $97K annually.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Research Scientists and Medical Devices Clinical Specialists; the former receives the highest median pay at $89K per year while $78K annually is the norm for the latter.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Project Management Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach $97K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Earning a Certified Diabetes Educator certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $78K annually on average. Roche Diagnostics Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) — these employees rake in $93K per year.
When it comes to skills, Biotechnology seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of around $117K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Roche Diagnostics Corporation is Project Management, with close to a fifth considering it a key competency. Microsoft Excel, Molecular Biology, and Microsoft Office were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 35 percent receiving paid vacation and a quarter of workers receiving paid sick days. Almost all workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Almost all survey participants report having health insurance, and a large number of respondents report having dental coverage. Other privileges include a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.