25 Highest Paying Companies in America

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5. Google
> Median total compensation:
$153,750
> Median base salary: $123,331
> Industry: Technology
> Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Google is by far the largest search engine in the world, accounting for more than two-thirds of all Internet searches worldwide. There are an estimated 3.5 billion Google searches every day. The Internet giant is also generally considered by both employees and outside reviewers as a very good place to work. CEO Sundar Pichai has a 98% approval rating on Glassdoor. Reviewers frequently mention exceptional perks and bonus options.

4. McKinsey & Company
> Median total compensation:
$155,000
> Median base salary: $135,000
> Industry: Consulting
> Headquarters: New York, New York

Working for McKinsey & Company pays well, and some also enjoy the prestige of working at one of the largest and oldest consulting firms in the world. Consulting firms comprise the second largest share of America’s highest paying companies after technology companies. This is largely due to the relatively difficult-to-acquire personal relationships and experience coveted in the business. These professional traits serve as high barriers to entry for prospective employees.

3. Juniper Networks
> Median total compensation:
$157,000
> Median base salary: $135,000
> Industry: Technology
> Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California

The ongoing shortage of talent in technology-related fields has driven up salaries of employees working in the industry. Tech companies such as Silicon Valley-based Juniper Networks have no choice but to offer competitive salaries to attract skilled workers. Juniper Networks, which employs nearly 9,000 people, reported revenue of $4.8 billion in 2015.

2. Strategy&
> Median total compensation:
$160,000
> Median base salary: $147,000
> Industry: Consulting
> Headquarters: New York, New York

After acquiring Booz & Company in the spring of 2014, consulting giant PwC changed the newly acquired firm’s name to Strategy&.The new consulting firm, while relatively young, benefits from PwC’s enormous international network. Many of PwC’s clients are likely attracted by the firm’s reputation and experience in the industry. Likewise, many of the highest-paid employees at Strategy& are compensated for their connections, experience, and reputations with clients.

1. A.T. Kearney
> Median total compensation:
$167,534
> Median base salary: $143,620
> Industry: Consulting
> Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

The median compensation at consulting firm A.T. Kearney is $167,534 a year, higher than at any other company in the United States. Like other consulting firms, a relatively large portion of the pay comes in the form of commissions. The high salaries are also largely due to very high barriers to entry, as top consultants often rely on personal contacts, reputations, and highly specialized knowledge. Not only are these professional skills difficult to acquire and very valuable, but they are also at present impossible to automate.