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Average Salary for SAS Institute Inc. Employees

SAS Institute Inc. is a computer software firm headquartered in Cary, N.C. that hires for Software Developer positions, Technical Consultant roles, and more. SAS Institute Inc. hands out hefty paychecks which often rise above six figures — average yearly compensation amounts to $103K. At SAS Institute Inc., the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your role at the company — it impacts salary more than anything else — though geography and how long you've been working each factor into the equation as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

SAS Institute Inc. typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
at market
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Employer: SAS Institute Inc.
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Software Developer (6)
$55,319 - $120,536  
[-]Software Developer (6)
Salary$56,803 - $110,169  
Bonus$1,198 - $11,963  
Total Pay$55,319 - $120,536  
[+]Technical Consultant (6)
$45,146 - $133,540  
[+]Technical Consultant (6)
Salary$45,200 - $121,888  
Bonus$1,155 - $13,954  
Total Pay$45,146 - $133,540  
[+]Business Systems Analyst (4)
$38,417 - $76,086  
[+]Business Systems Analyst (4)
Salary$38,359 - $74,305  
Total Pay$38,417 - $76,086  
[+]Solutions Architect (4)
$85,785 - $186,739  
[+]Solutions Architect (4)
Salary$77,099 - $150,409  
Bonus$5,672 - $40,642  
Profit Disbursement$1,202 - $19,864  
Total Pay$85,785 - $186,739  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77

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Cary, North Carolina 


Computer software

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Principal Software Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing approximately $141K annually on average; Solutions Architects are next on the list, bringing in close to $125K, followed by Senior Software Engineers earning around $111K and Software Developers making $86K. With salaries averaging about $50K, Business Systems Analysts are among the lowest paid at SAS Institute Inc.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($160K per year) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; San Diego, Calif. (around $108K), Minneapolis, Minn. ($98K), and Raleigh, N.C. ($96K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Cary, N.C. at $77K. By state, SAS Institute Inc. employees make the most in California, earning approximately $125K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $60K per year on average. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of approximately $80K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and make around $125K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified ITIL Leaders have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $160K annually. On average, salaries rise to $111K per year for accredited Sun Certified Java Programmers. SAS Institute Inc. workers who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) are also well compensated, earning $101K on average.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $112K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know SAS; somewhere between a fifth and a fourth consider it a key competency. Java, HTML, and SQL round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

The company pays out both vacation time and sick leave for only 42 percent. Most workers report contributing to a 401(k). At SAS Institute Inc., a large number of employees have health insurance, and most survey participants have dental coverage. SAS Institute Inc. also dishes out privileges such as gym membership, a casual working environment, free drinks, and life insurance.

Key Stats for SAS Institute Inc.


35 %
65 %
$30,639 - $90,999
$44,544 - $130,912
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
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