Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make around $70K annually on average. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $71K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $79K annually on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $98K per year) can be spotted in Indianapolis, Ind.; Buffalo, N.Y. (approximately $85K), Chicago, Ill. ($80K), and Tonawanda, N.Y. (around $74K) are the next top-paying cities. Los Angeles, Calif. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $68K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Indiana pays Praxair, Inc. the most — approximately $95K annually on average.
The highest average salaries go to Control Systems Engineers, who bring in close to about $88K per year, though Product Development Specialists are not far behind at $86K along with Plant Superintendents ($83K) and Manufacturing Production Managers ($68K). On the lower end are Process Engineers at about $67K on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $129K annually for ASQ Certified Quality Auditors; non-accredited workers make much less. Becoming a Project Management Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make $105K on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance; Praxair, Inc. awards approximately $144K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Technical Sales; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of around $85K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; one in five consider it a key competency. Microsoft Excel, Operations Management, and Engineering Design round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Praxair, Inc. gives paid vacation days to 37 percent and sick leave to one in five respondents. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Nearly all survey participants receive health insurance, and a large number of survey participants get dental coverage. Other privileges include a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.