Average Salary for SAS Institute Inc. Employees

Headquartered in Cary, N.C., SAS Institute Inc. offers a range of employment opportunities in the computer software, from Technical Consultant to Principal Software Engineer. It is not unusual for people who work at SAS Institute Inc. to earn generous salaries — average pay comes to $99K per year. Though your experience level and your role at the company are influential salary factors for those at SAS Institute Inc., where you live turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Cary, North Carolina 


Computer software

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($158K annually) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; Durham, N.C. ($118K), Chicago, Ill. (around $118K), and San Diego, Calif. ($106K) are the next top-paying cities. At about $84K, Cary, N.C. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Across SAS Institute Inc.'s U.S. offices, employees in the state of Illinois earn the most, taking home approximately $118K per year.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $69K annually on average. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $80K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (31 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and make $118K annually on average.


The highest paychecks go to Principal Software Engineers, who earn an average approximately $125K per year, closely trailed by Senior Software Engineers (about $118K), Solutions Architects ($105K), and Software Testers ($96K). Account Executives at SAS Institute Inc. do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($81K on average) at the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified ITIL Leaders are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to around $160K annually. On average, salaries rise to approximately $118K per year for accredited SAS Certified Advanced Programmers. SAS Institute Inc. provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Computer Science (MCS) — these employees rake in about $140K annually.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Software Development; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $120K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at SAS Institute Inc. is SAS, with one in seven considering it a key competency. Other top skills include Data Analysis, SQL, and Java.

Benefits and Perks

Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just 43 percent. A large number of respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). At SAS Institute Inc., almost all survey participants have health insurance, and the vast majority of workers have dental coverage. Some other perks are gym membership, a casual working environment, free drinks, and life insurance.

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65 %
$53,594 - $116,469
$55,329 - $122,381
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
$45,302 - $118,924
$72,000 - $144,828
$68,672 - $117,975
$90,402 - $123,347
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