Bringing in the most money are Software Development Managers — their earnings average $153K annually. Information Technology Project Managers are a close second at about $85K along with Journalists (approximately $70K).
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $73K per year on average. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $84K annually. The greater proportion of employees (43 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $75K per year.
Residents of Cranbury, N.J. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $101K annually; other top-paying cities include New York, N.Y. (approximately $84K) and Washington, DC ($72K). Within the firm, employees working in New Jersey take home the most — $101K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach about $120K annually for Certified Information Systems Security Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. On average, salaries rise to around $93K per year for accredited Cisco Certified Network Associates. The best paid folks at The Associated Press have an Associate's Degree, earning $119K annually.
In this position, it pays to have ASP.NET in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $153K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Office; one in five consider it a key competency. C#, Editing, and Microsoft Excel are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Only 42 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. The Associated Press sponsors a 401(k) program, and nearly all survey participants use this option to save for their retirement. For the vast majority of workers, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of survey participants get dental coverage, too. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and life insurance.