When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($130K per year) can be spotted in Dallas, Texas; Plano, Texas (about $98K), Portland, Ore. ($80K), and Cleveland, Ohio (around $78K) are the next top-paying cities. Santa Clara, Calif. is near the bottom for pay at approximately $60K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Texas; salaries there average to $125K annually.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $64K per year. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $76K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (40 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $93K per year.
Marketing Communications Managers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at about $80K annually; Software Engineers and Buyers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $73K and around $47K, respectively.
Certifications and Degrees
Sun Certified Java Programmers have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $74K per year. The best paid folks at Tektronix Inc have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), earning approximately $106K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $80K per year. C++ is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of Tektronix Inc's people use it regularly. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Java.
Benefits and Perks
Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only one in five workers. A 401(k) program is available, and a fair number of survey participants use it to save for retirement. The vast majority of survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for nearly all survey participants also include dental insurance. Privileges also include a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and gym membership.