Years of Experience
Average pay is about $82K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $72K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Orbital Sciences Corporation employees (37 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn $98K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($121K annually) can be spotted in Columbia, Md.; Salt Lake City, Utah (approximately $97K), Chandler, Ariz. ($92K), and Sterling, Va. ($91K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($76K) in Dulles, Va., one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Maryland; salaries there average to $96K per year.
Principal Mechanical Engineers earn the highest median pay at around $103K annually, followed by Senior Systems Engineers (about $94K), Senior Mechanical Engineers (approximately $90K), and Aerospace Engineers ($79K). Buyers make an average approximately $58K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Six Sigma Green Belts have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $108K per year. Earning an ASME Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Certification certification garners significant financial rewards of around $92K annually on average. Orbital Sciences Corporation workers who hold a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) are also well compensated, earning $90K on average.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $93K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Engineering Design; roughly two-fifths consider it a key competency. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Matlab were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Orbital Sciences Corporation provides an optional 401(k) plan, and the vast majority of survey participants participate. Orbital Sciences Corporation provides health insurance to a large number of workers, and a large number of survey participants do receive dental coverage. Orbital Sciences Corporation also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, life insurance, and flexible hours.