When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($88K per year) can be spotted in San Antonio, Texas; Fort Meade, Md. ($82K), Honolulu, Hawaii (around $80K), and Aberdeen, Md. (approximately $65K) are the next top-paying cities. Colorado Springs, Colo. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging about $40K. U.S. Army's Civilian Work Force workers in New Jersey earn the most — $117K annually on average.
Electrical Engineers earn the highest median pay at $80K per year, followed by Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses (about $45K), Medical Support Assistants ($39K), and Licensed Practical Nurses (around $33K).
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $75K annually. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $44K per year. The greater proportion of employees (39 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of $64K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to around $117K per year for Certified Six Sigma Black Belts, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Earning a DAWIA Level III Systems Engineer certification garners significant financial rewards of $106K annually on average. U.S. Army's Civilian Work Force provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) — these employees rake in approximately $91K per year.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Microsoft Office; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $113K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at U.S. Army's Civilian Work Force is Project Management, with one in five considering it a key competency. Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Systems Engineering were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
The company allows over one-half of workers to take paid time off for illness, but only half of respondents get paid vacation days. The larger part of employees report contributing to a 401(k). A fair number of survey participants receive health insurance, and a little more than half of workers get dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to life insurance, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.