When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($118K annually) can be spotted in Plano, Texas; Fremont, Calif. ($105K), Boston, Mass. (approximately $87K), and Chicago, Ill. (around $79K) are the next top-paying cities. Nashville, Tenn. ranks low on the pay scale — at about $50K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Texas; salaries there average to $120K per year.
Senior Project Engineers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $84K annually; Project Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Quality Assurance Managers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $61K, $56K, and around $55K, respectively. Sales Administrators are among the lowest paid at a median salary of approximately $34K.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of about $71K per year. Overall, the greater share of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average $54K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ServSafe Food Handlers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $82K per year. Professional Engineer License Holders with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $74K annually. Regarding salaries and education, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. pays those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) the most — approximately $125K.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Project Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $75K per year. Microsoft Office is regularly seen around here; just under one-fifth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about one in three workers receiving paid vacation and nearly one-sixth of workers receiving sick leave. To plan for old age, a fair number of survey participants maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. Nearly all survey participants report having health insurance, and most survey participants report having dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, flexible hours, and life insurance.