Principal Software Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $130K annually — though Senior Software Engineers, Software Testers, and Technical Consultants also do fairly well at $118K, $97K, and approximately $85K, respectively. Technical Support Engineers at SAS Institute Inc. do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (about $56K on average) at the company.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $72K per year. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $78K annually. The greater proportion of employees (27 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of $116K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $118K annually) can be spotted in Durham, N.C.; Raleigh-durham, N.C. (approximately $114K), Chicago, Ill. (about $106K), and San Diego, Calif. ($105K) are the next top-paying cities. Raleigh, N.C. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $78K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Illinois; salaries there average to approximately $106K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make around $122K annually. On average, salaries rise to about $115K per year for accredited Certified ITIL Leaders. It pays to have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) at SAS Institute Inc. — these employees make the most at $131K annually.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $114K per year. Folks here also tend to know SQL; on the survey, roughly an eighth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Some other standard skills here are Java, Data Analysis, and SAS.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of employees receive paid vacation and sick leave. To plan for old age, most employees maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. The vast majority of respondents report having health insurance, and almost all survey participants report having dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to gym membership, a casual working environment, free drinks, and life insurance.