The highest average salaries go to Senior Computer Scientists, who bring in close to $190K annually, though Computer Scientists are not far behind at $139K along with Research Engineers (about $105K) and Test Engineers (approximately $61K). Outside Sales Representatives are among the lowest paid at a median salary of around $50K.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $74K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make approximately $67K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (27 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $91K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $118K annually) can be spotted in Princeton, N.J.; Menlo Park, Calif. ($115K), Palo Alto, Calif. (about $115K), and Fremont, Calif. ($82K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in San Francisco, Calif.; in fact, at $69K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, the highest pay levels are found in New Jersey, where the average Sri, International employee makes about $118K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make $120K annually. Earning a Security Clearance Certification certification garners significant financial rewards of $50K per year on average. Those with a Doctorate (PhD) at Sri, International come out on top, and their salaries approach approximately $143K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Matlab; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of around $140K per year. A garden variety skill at Sri, International is Data Analysis; one in six of Sri, International's people use it regularly. Three more common skills are Research Analysis, C++, and Software Development.
Benefits and Perks
29 percent — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for almost all respondents, and almost all workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and gym membership.