When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($108K per year) can be spotted in Shelton, Conn.; West Palm Beach, Fla. (approximately $100K), New Haven, Conn. ($87K), and the company's headquarter city of Stratford, Conn. (about $76K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Coatesville, Pa.; in fact, at around $61K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Maryland, where the average Sikorsky employee makes $118K annually.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $82K per year. The largest slice of the Sikorsky workforce (44 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $71K annually.
Bringing in the most money are Senior Instrumentation Engineers — their earnings average $96K per year. Aviation Program Managers are a close second at $92K along with Aerospace Engineers (approximately $92K) and Quality Assurance Engineers (around $88K). With salaries averaging $71K, Mechanical Engineers are among the lowest paid at Sikorsky.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than FAA Pilot Licensees, who make $88K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); Sikorsky awards about $113K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Program Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of approximately $85K per year. Engineering Design is a popular skill in the Sikorsky workforce; just under one in four of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Project Management.
The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just a fifth of employees. A 401(k) program is available, and a solid majority of workers use it to save for retirement. Health insurance is part of the package for most workers, and for a strong majority of respondents, dental coverage is too. Some other perks are a company cell phone, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and gym membership.