When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $101K per year) can be spotted in Birmingham, Ala.; Houston, Texas ($91K), Detroit, Mich. (approximately $72K), and St. Louis, Mo. ($70K) are the next top-paying cities. Pittsburgh, Pa. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $60K. By state, Alabama offers the highest pay at about $101K annually.
Operations Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $72K per year; Labor Relations Representatives come in second with average earnings amounting to $68K, while Internal Auditors and ERP Analysts rank near the top as well ($65K and about $58K, respectively). On the lower end are Benefits Specialists at $37K on average.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $68K annually on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $56K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Lawyers have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $126K annually. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Public Accountant is rewarded with median pay of $75K per year. United States Steel Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor's Degree — these employees rake in approximately $66K annually.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Employee Relations; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $100K per year. Microsoft Excel also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; roughly a sixth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Data Analysis, Contract Negotiation, and Project Management.
Benefits and Perks
United States Steel Corporation lets only 31 percent take paid vacation and only 23 percent take sick leave. A fair number of respondents report contributing to a 401(k). Almost all survey participants receive health insurance, and most workers get dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a company cell phone.