When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($120K per year) can be spotted in Princeton, N.J.; Plano, Texas (approximately $118K), Chicago, Ill. ($76K), and Fremont, Calif. ($73K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $34K) is Overland Park, Kan. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Texas pays Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. the most — around $118K annually on average.
Senior Project Engineers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at about $83K per year; Engineering Program Managers, Electrical Engineers, and Mechanical Engineers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in approximately $65K, around $63K, and $60K, respectively. Sales Administrators make an average $33K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $82K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $52K per year. The greater proportion of employees (31 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of about $89K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals receive bigger paychecks ($120K per year) than those without credentials. Earning a Human Resources Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of around $109K annually on average. Employees who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) make the most here, hauling in $95K per year.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Safety Compliance; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $90K annually. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; one in three of employees surveyed report using it at work. Three more common skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. gives paid vacation days to 35 percent and sick leave to one in ten workers. Nearly all respondents contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. provides health insurance to the vast majority of workers, and the vast majority of survey participants do receive dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are a company cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and gym membership.