Salary according to job function. The five highest paying jobs were in consulting, production management, computer information services and technology, drug
delivery, and biopharmaceutics (see Figure 4). Most fields showed an increase in their mean base annual salaries compared
with values reported in last year's survey.
Figure 4: Salary according to job function.
Salary according to location. On average, employees in Northeastern and Western states earned the highest salaries (see Figure 5). Salaries in these regions
were nearly 45% higher than those in Puerto Rico, which reported in the lowest values.
Benefits. The most common benefits include general health insurance, dental or supplemental health insurance, life insurance, and employer-provided
401k match contributions (see Table III). Other benefits that were reported but not listed in the questionnaire include flexible
spending accounts, vision care, and health-club memberships.
On average, employees are granted 10 paid public holidays and 18.7 paid vacation days, though most took only 15 days of vacation
and admitted to doing some work (e.g., checking e-mail, returning calls) for at least 4 of these days.
Figure 5: Mean annual base salary
Attitudes toward current employment
Survey participants indicated how strongly they agreed or disagreed with the following statements:
Table III: Percent age of respondents receiving the following employer-provided benefits.
- I believe my work is fully valued by my employer.
- I believe my present job is secure.
- In my present job, I use my skills and training to the fullest extent.
- Given the opportunity, I would leave my present job.
Most respondents continue to feel secure in their jobs, agree that their employer values their work, and believe that they
use their skills to the fullest extent in their present jobs (see Table IV). US-only results show that 52% of workers either
agreed or strongly agreed that they would leave their present job if given the opportunity, a 6% increase from last year.
Income, geographic location, and the opportunity for professional advancement were the three most important factors that would
be taken into consideration for making this change. About 30% of respondents considered job security, intellectual challenge,
and job environment to be top-level decision factors in considering a job change. The least important factors for making a
job change were scientific opportunities, vacation entitlement, and health and safety.
Table IV: Opinions toward current employment.