When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $160K per year) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; San Diego, Calif. ($108K), Minneapolis, Minn. ($98K), and Raleigh, N.C. ($96K) are the next top-paying cities. Cary, N.C. ranks low on the pay scale — at around $76K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, SAS Institute Inc. pays its California employees the most; the pay rate there is approximately $125K annually.
Principal Software Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $133K per year — though Solutions Architects, Senior Software Engineers, and Software Developers also do fairly well at approximately $125K, $109K, and about $86K, respectively. Business Systems Analysts are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $50K.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $80K annually on average. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $60K per year on average. The largest slice of the SAS Institute Inc. workforce (28 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $106K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified ITIL Leader certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $160K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Sun Certified Java Programmers with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at about $111K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Business Administration (MBA); SAS Institute Inc. awards $101K to these degree-holders.
When it comes to skills, Project Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of approximately $112K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know SAS; close to a fifth consider it a key competency. Key skills also include Java, Data Analysis, and HTML.
Benefits and Perks
Unfortunately, a minority of employees — about 43 percent — are presented with both paid vacation and sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and most respondents use it to save for retirement. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for almost all respondents, and the vast majority of respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Other privileges include gym membership, a casual working environment, free drinks, and life insurance.