Years of Experience
Average pay is approximately $86K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Standard & Poor's employees (60 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $73K annually on average.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Research Associates, Financial Analysts, and Research Analysts; while the first receives the highest median pay at around $111K per year, the other salaries come in at about $62K and $57K, respectively.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($105K annually) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; New York, N.Y. ($91K), Dallas, Texas ($66K), and Denver, Colo. ($55K) are the next top-paying cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Illinois; salaries there average to around $105K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Chartered Financial Analysts receive bigger paychecks (approximately $105K annually) than those without credentials. Those with a Master of Science (MS) at Standard & Poor's come out on top, and their salaries approach about $104K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Data Warehouse; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $112K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Financial Analysis; approximately one in three consider it a key competency. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just one in ten respondents. Almost all survey participants participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Perks cover health insurance for almost all workers and dental coverage for most employees. The list of perks also includes gym membership and life insurance.