Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $62K annually. The largest slice of the Sierra Nevada Corporation workforce (48 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, $76K per year.
Aviation Program Managers earn the highest median pay at about $110K annually, followed by Mechanical Engineers ($65K) per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $100K annually) can be spotted in Denver, Colo.; Hagerstown, Md. ($87K), Centennial, Colo. (around $86K), and Reno, Nev. (about $85K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($61K) in Sparks, Nev., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, Sierra Nevada Corporation employees make the most in Colorado, earning $100K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $89K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc); Sierra Nevada Corporation awards approximately $85K to these degree-holders.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Contract Negotiation; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $106K per year. A garden variety skill at Sierra Nevada Corporation is Engineering Design; nearly one in five of Sierra Nevada Corporation's people use it regularly. Key skills also include Project Management, Microsoft Office, and System Integration.
Benefits and Perks
Half of survey participants have paid vacation, and only about one in eight respondents can take paid time off for illness. A 401(k) program is available, and the vast majority of survey participants use it to save for retirement. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for almost all employees, and nearly all employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other perks are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a subsidized cell phone.