Special Report

America's Highest Paying Companies

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5. Cadence Design Systems
> Median total compensation: $156,702
> Industry: Tech
> Headquarters: San Jose, CA

According to Cadence Design Systems’ most recent annual report, competition for qualified software engineers in high tech centers such as Silicon Valley has intensified in recent years. To attract and retain the industry’s top talent, Cadence Design Systems offers some of the highest salaries of any company. The typical employee at Cadence Design Systems earns $156,702 annually, up from the $150,010 median compensation reported by company employees last year.

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4. Splunk
> Median total compensation: $161,010
> Industry: Tech
> Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Founded in 2004, Splunk is one of several companies on this list benefitting from the increasing digitization of the American industrial landscape. The San Francisco-based company offers a range of software products to help businesses optimize performance and protect against cyber threats through data analytics.

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3. VMware
> Median total compensation: $167,050
> Industry: Tech
> Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA

VMWare is a cloud infrastructure company based in Palo Alto, California. The company employs over 20,000 people worldwide. Based on employee responses on Glassdoor, the average tech staffer, the company position with the most responses, earns close to $110,000. The typical employee can expect to earn over $50,000 more than this, including additional compensation such as bonuses.

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2. Strategy&
> Median total compensation: $172,000
> Industry: Consulting
> Headquarters: New York, NY

The consulting subsidiary of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Strategy& was formed in March 2014 when PwC acquired the former Booz & Company. While Strategy& is technically just three years old, Booz & Company was founded in 1914 and had approximately 300 corporate partners at the time of the merger. Along with PwC’s 130 partners, Strategy& is one of the top consulting firms today. The typical Strategy& employee earns $172,000 a year, far more than the $51,336 median for all job postings on Glassdoor.

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1. A.T. Kearney
> Median total compensation: $175,000
> Industry: Consulting
> Headquarters: Chicago, IL

Chicago-based consulting agency A.T. Kearney is involved in a range of industries and areas of expertise, from procurement and sales to data analytics and mergers and acquisitions. While many of the highest paying companies in the United States are relatively new technology operations based in Silicon Valley, A.T. Kearney has been around for nearly a century and pays more than any of these companies.

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