Nearing the top of the pay scale are Software Development Managers, Information Technology Project Managers, and Journalists; while the first receives the highest median pay at about $153K per year, the other salaries come in at $85K and $71K, respectively.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $71K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $84K per year. The largest fraction of The Associated Press people (40 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn around $79K annually on average.
Residents of Cranbury, N.J. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $119K per year; other top-paying cities include New York, N.Y. ($84K) and Washington, DC ($79K). U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of New Jersey; salaries there average to around $119K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Cisco Certified Network Associate certainly has its perks — salaries approach approximately $86K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Earning a Microsoft Certified Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of $85K annually on average. The best paid folks at The Associated Press have an Associate's Degree, earning about $119K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be ASP.NET; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of approximately $153K annually. Editing is a popular skill in the The Associated Press workforce; just under a fourth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Office, C#, and Customer Service.
Benefits and Perks
The company pays out both vacation time and sick leave for only 42 percent. Almost all employees participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. The Associated Press provides health insurance to the vast majority of survey participants, and most survey participants do receive dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, a company cell phone, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and life insurance.