Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $84K per year on average. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $71K annually. The largest slice of the The Associated Press workforce (42 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, approximately $79K per year.
Residents of Cranbury, N.J. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $119K annually; other top-paying cities include New York, N.Y. (around $84K) and Washington, DC (about $79K). By state, the highest compensation levels appear in New Jersey, where the average salary is approximately $119K per year.
Information Technology Project Managers are awarded the highest paychecks, with average compensation nearing $85K annually; Journalists are next on the list, bringing in close to $71K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Cisco Certified Network Associates receive bigger paychecks (about $86K annually) than those without credentials. On average, salaries rise to around $85K per year for accredited Microsoft Certified Professionals. The Associated Press workers who hold an Associate's Degree are also well compensated, earning $119K on average.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be SQL; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $147K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at The Associated Press is Microsoft Office, with close to one-fourth considering it a key competency. Other top skills include Editing, Customer Service, and Microsoft Excel.
Benefits and Perks
44 percent — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. Nearly all workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that The Associated Press sponsors. A large number of survey participants report having health insurance, and a large number of workers report having dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, a company cell phone, life insurance, and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.