Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of about $78K per year. The greater proportion of employees (39 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $70K annually.
Information Security Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $101K per year — though Software Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Mechanical Engineers also do fairly well at approximately $78K, $73K, and $73K, respectively. On the lower end are Procurement Specialists at approximately $50K on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($84K annually) can be spotted in Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver, Colo. (around $80K), San Diego, Calif. ($80K), and Carlsbad, Calif. ($79K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Bryan, Texas at about $57K. By state, the highest pay levels are found in California, where the average Viasat, Inc. employee makes $82K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $115K annually for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. On average, salaries rise to about $112K per year for accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professionals. Viasat, Inc. workers who hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are also well compensated, earning around $108K on average.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Engineering Design; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $101K annually. Folks here also tend to know C++ Programming Language; on the survey, close to an eighth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Three more common skills are Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Linux.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 35 percent receiving paid vacation and a quarter of employees receiving paid sick days. Viasat, Inc. sponsors a 401(k) program, and a large number of employees use this option to save for their retirement. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of respondents, and for almost all employees, dental coverage is too. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and a stock purchase plan.