Years of Experience
Average pay is about $84K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $68K per year. The greater proportion of employees (33 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $120K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $124K per year) can be spotted in Encinitas, Calif.; San Diego, Calif. ($117K), Gilbert, Ariz. ($100K), and Denver, Colo. (about $95K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (around $74K) in Carlsbad, Calif., one of the lowest-paid cities. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Colorado pays Viasat, Inc. the most — $96K annually on average.
Bringing in the most money are Facilities Project Managers — their earnings average $98K per year. Test Engineers are a close second at approximately $96K along with Electrical Engineers ($85K) and Software Engineers ($78K). Field Application Engineers make an average about $71K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach approximately $168K annually for Licensed Lawyers; non-accredited workers make much less. Human Resources Professionals also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $103K per year. Employees who have a law degree make the most here, hauling in around $168K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Linux; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $137K per year. A garden variety skill at Viasat, Inc. is Project Management; one-eighth of Viasat, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Three more common skills are C++, Java, and Python.
Benefits and Perks
Only two in five survey participants receive paid vacation and sick leave. A large number of survey participants contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of respondents, and for almost all respondents, dental coverage is too. Some other perks are a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, and gym membership.