Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $74K annually. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $58K per year. The largest slice of the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) workforce (32 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, approximately $88K annually.
Earning $97K per year on average, Senior Systems Engineers receive the most money, followed by Software Engineers ($81K), Intelligence Analysts ($77K), and Systems Administrators (about $75K). Policy Analysts are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $62K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $100K annually) can be spotted in Mclean, Va.; Washington, DC ($97K), Houston, Texas (around $90K), and Arlington, Va. ($87K) are the next top-paying cities. Tampa, Fla. ranks low on the pay scale — at about $70K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of District of Columbia; salaries there average to approximately $96K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Project Management Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach $136K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Certified Information Systems Security Professionals also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $101K per year. Employees who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) make the most here, hauling in $140K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $96K per year. Microsoft Office is a popular skill in the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) workforce; nearly one in ten of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Many workers usually know Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Java as well.
Benefits and Perks
A large number of survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance is part of the package for a large number of workers, and for a large number of respondents, dental coverage is too. Employees can also look forward to tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a subsidized cell phone.