Test Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $96K per year; Electrical Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $85K, while Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers rank near the top as well ($75K and around $72K, respectively). Financial compensation for Financial Analysts is rather low — on average only approximately $43K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of about $82K annually. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $68K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (32 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $118K annually on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $124K per year) can be spotted in Encinitas, Calif.; Gilbert, Ariz. (around $100K), San Diego, Calif. (about $100K), and Denver, Colo. ($95K) are the next top-paying cities. Carlsbad, Calif. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $74K. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Colorado, where they average to around $95K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Human Resources Professionals receive bigger paychecks (about $103K per year) than those without credentials. Acquiring certification to be a Cisco Certified Network Professional is rewarded with median pay of approximately $98K annually. At Viasat, Inc., employees who hold a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) receive the highest salaries at $120K.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Linux among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $135K per year. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; approximately one in ten of Viasat, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Key skills also include C++, Java, and Microsoft Excel.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just 38 percent. Most survey participants report contributing to a 401(k). Viasat, Inc. provides health insurance to almost all workers, and nearly all employees do receive dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and a stock purchase plan.