Senior Software Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $125K per year — though Principal Software Engineers, Retail Store Managers, and Strategic Account Managers also do fairly well at approximately $106K, about $74K, and $60K, respectively. On the lower end are Junior Graphic Designers at around $41K on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($123K annually) can be spotted in Broomfield, Colo.; the company's headquarter city of Framingham, Mass. (approximately $83K), Boston, Mass. ($79K), and Columbia, S.C. (about $70K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Englewood, N.J.; in fact, at $49K it is one of the worst-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in Colorado, where salaries average out at $98K per year.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $59K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $56K per year. The largest fraction of Staples, Inc. people (34 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn $74K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified ITIL Leaders, who make about $125K per year. Acquiring certification to be a Project Management Professional is rewarded with median pay of $113K annually. Staples, Inc. provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration — these employees rake in around $116K per year.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Data Analysis; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $68K annually. Project Management is a popular skill in the Staples, Inc. workforce; roughly one in six of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Operations Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Sales Management.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about two in five workers receiving paid vacation and one in three workers receiving sick leave. A large number of survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a majority of survey participants, and the larger part of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Privileges also include a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.