Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $62K annually. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $81K per year.
Computer Scientists are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $139K annually; Research Engineers, Senior Software Engineers, and Program Project Managers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in about $105K, around $92K, and $82K, respectively. Near the bottom at Sri, International are Test Engineers, pulling in an average of just approximately $61K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($117K per year) can be spotted in Princeton, N.J.; Menlo Park, Calif. (around $88K), Fremont, Calif. ($82K), and Arlington, Va. (about $74K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Aberdeen, Md.; in fact, at $60K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Across its U.S. offices, the state of New Jersey pays Sri, International the most — $117K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach approximately $88K per year for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Earning a Security Clearance Certification certification garners significant financial rewards of about $50K annually on average. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD), Computer Science (CS) at Sri, International — these employees make the most at $158K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Linux; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $125K annually. C++ is a popular skill in the Sri, International workforce; just under one-fifth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Some other standard skills here are Project Management, C, and Research Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
Only 30 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Almost all employees have health insurance, and benefits for most survey participants also include dental insurance. Some other perks are a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and gym membership.