Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $113K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (58 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $54K per year.
Residents of New York, N.Y. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $100K annually; other top-paying cities include San Francisco, Calif. (around $62K) and Denver, Colo. (about $52K). By state, Standard & Poor's pays its New York employees the most; the pay rate there is $100K per year.
Business Systems Analysts rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $81K annually; Research Associates come in second with average earnings amounting to about $80K, while Financial Analysts and Data Analysts rank near the top as well ($55K and approximately $49K, respectively). Standard & Poor's hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Senior Research Associates ($47K on average).
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Chartered Financial Analyst certainly has its perks — salaries approach $49K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Employees who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) make the most here, hauling in around $118K annually.
Employees who count Requirements Analysis among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $80K per year. A common skill in Standard & Poor's' work force is Microsoft Excel; a little more than half of survey participants report using it on the job. Many workers usually know Data Analysis, Financial Modeling, and Financial Analysis as well.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Standard & Poor's gives paid vacation days to 37 percent and sick leave to a sixth of survey respondents. Almost all employees set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Nearly all survey participants can count on health insurance, and a solid majority of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, optional telecommute / work from home, and a stock purchase plan.