Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $89K per year on average. The largest slice of the Standard & Poor's workforce (57 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $70K annually.
Residents of Chicago, Ill. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $96K per year; other top-paying cities include New York, N.Y. (approximately $91K) and Denver, Colo. (about $57K). By state, Illinois offers the highest pay at $96K annually.
Business Systems Analysts are the best paid with the average salary hovering at about $71K per year; Financial Analysts also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $60K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Chartered Financial Analysts have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at approximately $57K per year. Standard & Poor's workers who hold a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) are also well compensated, earning $83K on average.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Microsoft Office; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $96K annually. Microsoft Excel also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; approximately one-half of employees surveyed report using it at work. Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, and Data Analysis round out the set of key employee skills.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
One in five employees receive paid vacation, and only an eighth of employees get sick leave. Most workers save for retirement through Standard & Poor's' 401(k) plan. Nearly all respondents receive health insurance, and a large number of workers get dental coverage. Standard & Poor's employees also enjoy perks such as gym membership, life insurance, and a company cell phone.