The highest paying companies in the US: 2017

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By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

27 June 2017

Tech and consulting companies dominate the top 10 list of the highest paying companies in the US, according to a new report.

The banking and finance industry is represented by Visa placing at number 21 out of the top 25.

The list was put together by jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor, and shows that US consultancy company A. T. Kearney pays an average base salary of $150,000 which rises to an average of $175,000 after bonuses and/or commission is added, making it the highest paying company in the US for the second year in a row.

Another consulting company placed second, with PwC firm Strategy& offering an average combined salary and compensation of $172,000.

“Salaries are sky-high at consulting companies due to ‘barriers of entry’ in this field, which refers to employers wanting top consultants to have personal contacts, reputations and specialised skills and knowledge,” said Dr Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor. 

The highest paying US companies

CompanyIndustryMedian CompensationMedian Base Salary
A. T. KearneyConsulting$175,000$150,000
Cadence Design SystemsTech$156,702$141,202
McKinsey & CompanyConsulting$153,000$140,000
Amazon Lab126Tech$150,010$140,000

Source: Glassdoor

Seven out of the 10 companies on the list are from the tech industry, which Andrew says shows that “high pay continues to be tied to in-demand skills and higher education”.


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