Average total pay: $110,587For: Sr. Research Scientist*
Best Companies rank: 27
This producer of household products (Pledge, Drano, Windex and Raid, among others) will mark its 122nd birthday in 2008, and is still owned by the founding family. And S.C. Johnson has a long reputation as a great workplace. It introduced profit sharing in 1917 and a pension plan in 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression. In its entire history, it has never laid off a single U.S. employee.
Pay and benefits rank in the top tier of its industry. Employees get annual merit increases, profit sharing payouts twice a year and performance bonuses once a year. Perks include a free 24-hour medical advice hotline, a concierge service that runs personal errands and access to a company resort 300 miles north of its Racine, Wisconsin headquarters.
Last updated January 22 2008: 3:23 PM ET