When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($96K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; San Antonio, Texas (around $63K), Fayetteville, N.C. (approximately $59K), and Tacoma, Wash. ($55K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $43K) is Killeen, Texas. Within the firm, employees working in Virginia take home the most — about $79K annually on average.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $39K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $52K annually on average.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Army Officers, Logistics Managers, Operations Managers, and Information Technology Specialists; while the first receives the highest median pay at about $79K per year, the other salaries come in at around $75K, approximately $73K, and $50K, respectively. Soldiers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $32K.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make $96K annually. Becoming a Certified Information Systems Security Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $85K on average. U.S. Army provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — these employees rake in approximately $111K per year.
When it comes to skills, Project Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $87K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Office; close to a seventh consider it a key competency. Operations Management, Leadership, and Microsoft Excel round out the set of key employee skills.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at U.S. Army; the company rewards only 36 percent with paid vacation time and only 28 percent with sick leave. Over a third of workers participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. At U.S. Army, most survey participants have health insurance, and most workers have dental coverage. Other privileges include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, gym membership, and relocation expenses.