25 Highest Paying Companies in America

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10. Cadence Design Systems
> Median total compensation:
$150,010
> Median base salary: $140,000
> Industry: Technology
> Headquarters: San Jose, California

While high pay does not necessarily lead to job satisfaction, the highly paid employees at Cadence Design Systems also enjoy their jobs. The semiconductor design company recently touted its inclusion on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015. The company is based in San Jose, California — one of the collection of cities known as Silicon Valley — where it has access to a greater number of qualified applicants.

9. Guidewire
> Median total compensation:
$150,020
> Median base salary: $135,000
> Industry: Technology
> Headquarters: Foster City, California

The typical employee at software company Guidewire is paid $150,020, one of the top 10 compensations of any U.S. company. The technology industry has grown much faster than the available pool of qualified employees, leading to a shortage of talent. Largely as a result, the pay at Guidewire likely remains high so it can compete for the best talent.

Guidewire, which primarily makes software for insurance companies, acquired in March EagleEye Analytics, which specializes in property and casualty insurer decisions.

8. Boston Consulting Group
> Median total compensation:
$150,020
> Median base salary: $147,000
> Industry: Consulting
> Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

Consulting firms, after technology companies, consist the largest share of the highest paying companies in the country. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is one of the world’s Big Three strategy consulting firms along with Mckinsey & Company and Bain & Company. As such, BCG is not just among the nation’s top paying companies but also highly prestigious, for both prospective employees as well as clients.

7. Amazon Lab126
> Median total compensation:
$150,100
> Median base salary: $138,700
> Industry: Technology
> Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California

Founded in 2004, Amazon Lab126 is a segment of online retail giant Amazon. Well-known Amazon products and services, including the Kindle and Amazon Fire TV, were developed at the subsidiary. To attract workers with skill sets often necessary in research and development fields, the company is strategically based in Silicon Valley. Lab126 also offers competitive pay to better appeal to talented employees.

6. VMware
> Median total compensation:
$152,133
> Median base salary: $130,000
> Industry: Technology
> Headquarters: Palo Alto, California

VMware, a cloud software company, is owned by information technology company EMC. EMC, in one of the largest technology mergers of all time, will merge with Dell in a $67 billion deal expected to be finalized in the middle of this year. As a consequence of the merger, VMware announced around 900 job cuts at the beginning of this year. Still, VMware employees are some of the nation’s highest paid workers, with median annual compensation of $152,133.