When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($118K per year) can be spotted in Plano, Texas; Boston, Mass. ($91K), Chicago, Ill. (about $76K), and Northbrook, Ill. ($70K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Overland Park, Kan. at approximately $34K. Within the firm, employees working in Texas take home the most — around $118K annually on average.
Test Engineering Managers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $117K per year; Senior Project Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Electrical Engineers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in about $85K, approximately $60K, and $56K, respectively. Near the bottom at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. are Sales Administrators, pulling in an average of just $33K.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to around $83K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $54K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $109K annually for Human Resources Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Engineer in Trainings with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at about $63K per year. Employees who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) make the most here, hauling in around $99K annually.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Strategic Planning; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $103K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; close to a fourth consider it a key competency. Other skills in demand are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Most respondents participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. For the vast majority of employees, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of respondents get dental coverage, too. Privileges also include a company cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and gym membership.