Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $60K per year. Average pay is $85K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (32 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of $109K per year.
Electronics Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $105K annually — though Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Systems Analysts also do fairly well at around $85K, approximately $85K, and $68K, respectively.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $105K per year) can be spotted in Crane, Ind.; Philadelphia, Pa. ($102K), Norco, Calif. ($89K), and Panama City Beach, Fla. (around $87K) are the next top-paying cities. Panama City, Fla. is near the bottom for pay at about $71K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Maryland pays Naval Surface Warfare Center the most — $108K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach around $97K per year for Certified Professional Engineers; non-accredited workers make much less. Becoming a CompTIA Security+ Expert can certainly pay off here; those folks make $89K on average. Naval Surface Warfare Center workers who hold a Master of Science (MS) are also well compensated, earning $128K on average.
When it comes to skills, Systems Engineering seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of approximately $137K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Naval Surface Warfare Center is Engineering Design; over a third of employees use it for work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.
With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of Naval Surface Warfare Center's employees who responded to the survey.
Benefits and Perks
Unfortunately, a minority of employees — about 38 percent — are presented with both paid vacation and sick leave. Naval Surface Warfare Center helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of workers and dental coverage for a fair number of employees. Additional benefits of working here are flexible hours, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.