Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $71K annually on average. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $84K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (42 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $79K annually on average.
Residents of Cranbury, N.J. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is approximately $119K per year; other top-paying cities include New York, N.Y. ($84K) and Washington, DC (about $79K). Across its U.S. offices, the state of New Jersey pays The Associated Press the most — $119K annually on average.
Earning $85K per year on average, Information Technology Project Managers receive the most money, followed by Journalists (around $71K annually).
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Cisco Certified Network Associates, who make about $86K per year. Microsoft Certified Professionals also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $85K annually. Regarding salaries and education, The Associated Press pays those with an Associate's Degree the most — approximately $119K.
When it comes to skills, employees who report SQL among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $147K per year. Microsoft Office also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; close to one-fourth of employees surveyed report using it at work. 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. Almost all respondents participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for most employees, and a large number of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.