When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $108K annually) can be spotted in Detroit, Mich.; Birmingham, Ala. (around $101K), Lone Star, Texas (approximately $65K), and St. Louis, Mo. ($62K) are the next top-paying cities. Gary, Ind. ranks low on the pay scale — at $55K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. United States Steel Corporation workers in Michigan earn the most — $108K per year on average.
Operations Managers earn the highest median pay at $72K annually, followed by Internal Auditors (around $65K), ERP Analysts ($59K), and Labor Relations Representatives ($56K).
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $58K per year. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $66K annually. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of around $72K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Lawyers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $126K annually. Becoming a Certified Public Accountant can certainly pay off here; those folks make $75K on average. At United States Steel Corporation, employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering receive the highest salaries at $62K.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Contract Negotiation; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $122K per year. Data Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; one in seven of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Microsoft Excel, Operations Management, and People Management.
Benefits and Perks
As part of compensation, United States Steel Corporation gives paid vacation to a third of workers and paid sick leave to one in four respondents. A solid majority of survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Almost all survey participants receive health insurance, and most workers get dental coverage. United States Steel Corporation folks also make good use of life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and a subsidized cell phone.