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The 10 top-paying companies

March 5, 2015, 5:00 PM UTC
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Managers at Atlantic Health System make $143,000 while engineers at Autodesk bring home salaries starting at $129,800. However, the perks at these companies go beyond pay. Law firm Perkins Coie provides full coverage of healthcare while Cisco offers to make up the difference between pay if an employee goes on military duty.

Perkins Coie

Average annual base pay: $181,144
For: Associate
Best Companies Rank: 46

Law firm Perkins Coie tops the list with associates earning an average salary of $181,444. The Seattle-based firm conducts a market survey in each of its offices every year to make sure that salaries are competitive. Perks don’t stop there, however. Employees who work at least 25 hours a week receive full medical and dental coverage, as well as a free taxi ride home if they get sick on the job. Furthermore, employees are eligible for up to $5,250 per year in college tuition reimbursement.

Devon Energy

Average annual base pay: $165,989
For: E&P Production Professional
Best Companies Rank: 38

At Devon Energy, benefits go far beyond a healthy salary. Devon matches up to 6% of employee contributions to their 401(k) and makes an additional 8% contribution, which brings the total up to 20%. Relocation costs are covered and include a lump sum to help with moving expenses; and summer interns get free housing. Plus employees who participate in wellness challenges get free Fitbit fitness trackers, and all employees have access to subsidized identity theft protection and a plethora of discounts ranging from local restaurants to entertainment and free tickets for sports events.

Atlantic Health

Average annual base pay: $143,880
For: Manager
Best Companies Rank: 39

At this New Jersey-based hospital operator, managers earn $143,880. Employees nearing retirement can join the 1,000 Hour Club where they can work for up to 1,000 hours per year without affecting their retirement benefits. Perks include onsite childcare, subsidized cafeterias, and discounted gym memberships. There’s also a pet-friendly policy that permits employees to bring pets to work.


Average annual base pay: $138,350
For: Technical Leader 
Best Companies Rank: 70

The San Jose, Calif.-based tech company makes sure employees are well-paid. They can even use part of their paycheck to purchase Cisco stock at a 15% discount. If an employee in the military is called for active duty, Cisco will cover the salary difference and makes sure health care benefits continue. Domestic partners and spouses of same-sex couples are covered too; Cisco covers healthcare costs and makes up the difference in federal taxes. And for the environmentally conscious, there are electric-car charging stations on its campuses.

FactSet Research Systems

Average annual base pay: $106,906
For: Software Engineer
Best Companies Rank: 48

The Connecticut-based data and analytics company provides financial information and software to investment bankers and it makes sure its employees are well-compensated for it. Engineers earn $106, 906 annually. In addition, FactSet places a strong emphasis on education. Employees are encouraged to become certified chartered financial analysts. There’s in-house training, study groups, and cash and equity incentives that add up to $17,500. There’s also free lunch four days a week, a car wash, and massage therapy to make life easier.


Average annual base pay: $129,926
For: Engineer
Best Companies Rank: 35

The data storage and management company based in Silicon Valley is chock full of bonuses. There’s patent bonuses ranging from $4,000-$12,000 for anyone who patents a new idea, employee referral bonuses of up to $2,500, and cash bonuses for outstanding achievements that can be given on the spot. There’s also a special allowance for anyone who needs to get a security clearance. Top performers can get some rest and relaxation with an all-expenses paid trip to an international resort with a guest.


An Autodesk logo hangs on a wall in the entrance lobby of the Autodesk Inc. office in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, June 24, 2010. Autodesk Inc., maker of software used in bridge design and the special effects in the movie "Avatar," boosted the lower end of its second-quarter profit and sales forecasts, citing rising demand for its products. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Average annual base pay: $129,815
For: Principal Engineer
Best Companies Rank: 52

This maker of computer-aided design software emphasizes quality of life in addition to great compensation. Employees have flexible hours and can work remotely, except for a few whose jobs require being onsite. Every four years, employees are eligible for six weeks of paid sabbatical. Health and wellness benefits include $300 reimbursement per year that can be used towards gym memberships, fitness equipment, acupuncture or massage. The company recently upped 401(k) matching to up to $4,500 of employee contributions.

Scripps Health

Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California

Average annual base pay: $124,762
For: Manager/Director
Best Companies Rank: 60

San Diego-based hospital system Scripps conducts frequent compensation reviews to make sure that employees are being compensated fairly. Last year it paid out a total of $5 million in bonuses to more than 11,000 employees. There’s also flexible retirement scheduling, so employees can gradually taper off their work. Meanwhile, onsite benefits include free massage chairs, free counseling, and employee care clinics.

Baker Donelson

Average annual base pay: $124,008
For: Associate
Best Companies Rank: 30

The Tennessee-based law firm offers a veritable cornucopia of perks to accompany its healthy salaries. Employees can choose to work 40 hours in four days rather than five with supervisor approval, and are eligible for paid sabbaticals. In the office, Baker Donelson offers services like dry cleaning pick up and delivery, massage services, and a lending library packed with books and DVDs.


SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 14: Pedestrians walk by a sign is displayed in front of the Genentech headquarters July 14, 2008 in South San Francisco, California. Biotech firm Genentech will release its second quarter earnings today and will be relying on the popularity of its cancer drug Avastin to boost profits. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Average annual base pay: $123,000
For: Clinical Specialist 
Best Companies Rank: 9

Last year 98% of the employees at this San Francisco based biotech company received bonuses. Starting this year, both men and women are eligible for six weeks of leave after the birth of a child. Genentech also makes environmentally friendly commuting a priority. Employees can earn up to $12 a day for walking or biking to work, and up to $16 a day for sharing rides with each other. There’s also a commuter bus that travels around San Francisco to take employees to work.

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