Years of Experience
Average pay is about $77K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $61K annually. The largest slice of the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) workforce (31 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $93K per year.
Bringing in the most money are Senior Systems Engineers — their earnings average $100K annually. Systems Administrators are a close second at approximately $76K along with Software Engineers ($72K) and Intelligence Analysts (about $72K). On the lower end are Policy Analysts at $62K on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $95K per year) can be spotted in Mclean, Va.; Washington, DC ($94K), Arlington, Va. (around $84K), and San Diego, Calif. ($79K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Albuquerque, N.M. — at $67K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of District of Columbia; salaries there average to approximately $92K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make about $130K per year. Earning a Microsoft Certified Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of around $107K annually on average. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) compensates Master of Science (MS), Systems Engineering-holders the most at $145K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $102K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is Microsoft Office; approximately one-tenth of employees use it for work. Three more common skills are Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Java.
Benefits and Perks
A large number of employees save for retirement through Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)'s 401(k) plan. Health insurance is part of the package for a large number of survey participants, and for most workers, dental coverage is too. A few more workplace perks are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a company cell phone.