When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $108K annually) can be spotted in Detroit, Mich.; Birmingham, Ala. ($88K), Lone Star, Texas (around $65K), and St. Louis, Mo. ($62K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Gary, Ind. — at approximately $55K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Michigan, where the average salary is $108K per year.
The highest paychecks go to Operations Managers, who earn an average approximately $72K annually, closely trailed by Internal Auditors (about $65K), ERP Analysts ($59K), and Labor Relations Representatives (around $56K).
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $58K per year. Survey participants who have worked at United States Steel Corporation for between five and 10 years earn $66K annually on average. The largest slice of the United States Steel Corporation workforce (30 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, approximately $72K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Lawyers receive bigger paychecks ($126K annually) than those without credentials. Certified Public Accountants also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of around $75K per year. It pays to have a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering at United States Steel Corporation — these employees make the most at about $62K annually.
Employees who count Employee Relations among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $122K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Data Analysis; roughly one in seven consider it a key competency. Microsoft Excel, Operations Management, and People Management are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about one in three employees receiving paid vacation and roughly one in four workers receiving sick leave. A fair number of survey participants report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance is part of the package for nearly all survey participants, and for a large number of employees, dental coverage is too. Additional benefits of working here are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.