When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $160K annually) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; San Diego, Calif. ($108K), Minneapolis, Minn. ($98K), and Raleigh, N.C. (approximately $96K) are the next top-paying cities. At $76K, Cary, N.C. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in California, where the average salary is around $125K per year.
Principal Software Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $133K annually — though Solutions Architects, Senior Software Engineers, and Software Developers also do fairly well at $125K, about $109K, and $86K, respectively. Financial compensation for Business Systems Analysts is rather low — on average only around $50K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $60K per year. Survey participants who have worked at SAS Institute Inc. for between five and 10 years earn about $80K annually on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of SAS Institute Inc. employees (28 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn around $106K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ITIL Leaders are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $160K annually. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Sun Certified Java Programmers with credentials; these people earn $111K per year on average. SAS Institute Inc. compensates Master of Business Administration (MBA)-holders the most at $101K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of approximately $112K per year. SAS is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; nearly one-fifth of SAS Institute Inc.'s people use it regularly. Other top skills include Java, Data Analysis, and HTML.
Benefits and Perks
Just 43 percent receive paid time off. A large number of employees participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health insurance is part of the package for nearly all workers, and for almost all workers, dental coverage is too. SAS Institute Inc. employees also enjoy perks such as gym membership, a casual working environment, free drinks, and life insurance.