Bringing in the most money are IT Senior Project Managers — their earnings average about $105K annually. Senior Financial Analysts are a close second at $75K along with Senior Research Analysts (around $59K) and Data Analysts (approximately $57K). Outside Sales Representatives make an average $38K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $88K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (44 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of about $57K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $100K per year) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; Columbia, Md. (approximately $86K), Los Angeles, Calif. ($85K), and New York, N.Y. ($78K) are the next top-paying cities. At $58K, Cincinnati, Ohio is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in California, where the average salary is $97K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified ScrumMaster certainly has its perks — salaries approach approximately $88K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. The Nielsen Company compensates Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business & Marketing-holders the most at about $98K annually.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Big Data Analytics; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of around $110K per year. Data Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; more than a third of employees surveyed report using it at work. Key skills also include Project Management, Market Research, and Microsoft Excel.
Benefits and Perks
Merely 31 percent at The Nielsen Company earn paid vacation and paid sick time. A large number of respondents participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health insurance is part of the package for most workers, and for most survey participants, dental coverage is too. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.