Bringing in the most money are Principal Software Engineers — their earnings average around $130K per year. Senior Software Engineers are a close second at $118K along with Software Testers ($96K) and Technical Consultants ($84K). Financial compensation for Technical Support Engineers is rather low — on average only about $56K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of approximately $81K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (28 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $70K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($118K annually) can be spotted in Durham, N.C.; Raleigh-durham, N.C. ($114K), Chicago, Ill. (about $106K), and San Diego, Calif. (around $105K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Raleigh, N.C.; in fact, at approximately $80K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Illinois pays SAS Institute Inc. the most — $106K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals receive bigger paychecks (approximately $122K annually) than those without credentials. Acquiring certification to be a Sun Certified Java Programmer is rewarded with median pay of $100K per year. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) make the most here, hauling in about $131K annually.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $115K per year. Data Analysis is a popular skill among SAS Institute Inc. workers, with nearly one in seven of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include SQL, Java, and SAS.
Benefits and Perks
The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only two in five employees. Most employees take advantage of the 401(k) plan that SAS Institute Inc. sponsors. SAS Institute Inc. provides health insurance to nearly all workers, and the vast majority of respondents do receive dental coverage. SAS Institute Inc. folks also make good use of gym membership, a casual working environment, life insurance, and free drinks.