Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $51K annually on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (31 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $49K per year on average.
Executive Assistants rake in the most money, with average earnings of about $67K annually; Human Resources Representatives come in second with average earnings amounting to $55K, while Personnel Specialists and Correctional Officers rank near the top as well (approximately $50K and around $50K, respectively). Administrative Assistants make an average $45K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Residents of Peoria, Ill. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $76K per year; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of Chicago, Ill. (around $60K) and Springfield, Ill. ($59K).
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Specialist certainly has its perks — salaries approach approximately $66K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Human Resources Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $50K per year. State of Illinois (IL) workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning approximately $52K on average.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $100K annually. Folks here also tend to know Microsoft Excel; on the survey, nearly one in eight of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Office Administration, and Benefits & Compensation.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky few (36 percent) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a defined benefit retirement plan and a 403(b) plan. For a large number of survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and most survey participants get dental coverage, too. Privileges also include life insurance, a casual working environment, a defined benefit retirement plan, and flexible hours.