When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($110K per year) can be spotted in Troy, Mich.; Portage, Ind. (about $101K), Houston, Texas ($96K), and Gary, Ind. ($72K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Detroit, Mich.; in fact, at approximately $56K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, United States Steel Corporation pays its Alabama employees the most; the pay rate there is around $111K annually.
Materials Senior Research Engineers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at approximately $111K per year; Industrial Hygienists, Maintenance Supervisors, and Financial Analysts also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $100K, around $75K, and $68K, respectively. Near the bottom at United States Steel Corporation are Commodity Managers, pulling in an average of just $62K.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $59K annually. The greater proportion of employees (29 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $71K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Six Sigma Green Belts earn around $83K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Employees who have a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET) make the most here, hauling in approximately $113K per year.
In this position, it pays to have Microsoft Word in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $83K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; about one in four consider it a key competency. Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Project Management round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at United States Steel Corporation; the company rewards only two in five workers with paid vacation time and only 19 percent with sick leave. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, United States Steel Corporation provides an optional 401(k) plan, and a large number of workers participate. Nearly all respondents report having health insurance, and most survey participants report having dental coverage. Some other perks are a company cell phone, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a casual working environment.