When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $158K annually) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; Ellicott City, Md. ($145K), San Diego, Calif. ($110K), and Raleigh-durham, N.C. (about $94K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Cary, N.C.; in fact, at $76K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Across SAS Institute Inc.'s U.S. offices, employees in the state of Maryland earn the most, taking home approximately $145K per year.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $65K annually. Survey participants who have worked at SAS Institute Inc. for between five and 10 years earn approximately $73K per year on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of SAS Institute Inc. employees (27 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn about $123K annually on average.
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, Information Technology Project Managers, and Senior Software Engineers also do fairly well at $125K, around $112K, and about $109K, respectively. Business Systems Analysts are among the lowest paid at a median salary of around $53K.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $160K annually for Certified ITIL Leaders, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Becoming a Project Management Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make approximately $108K on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Arts (MA); SAS Institute Inc. awards $127K to these degree-holders.
In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $118K per year. Folks here also tend to know SAS; on the survey, just over a fifth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Java, Data Analysis, and Linux are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Only 31 percent enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Most employees participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for nearly all workers, and nearly all respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. SAS Institute Inc. employees also enjoy perks such as gym membership, a casual working environment, life insurance, and a company cell phone.