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SAS Institute
SAS Institute
Average total pay: $104,566
For: Software Developer*

Best Companies rank: 29

SAS ranks today as one of the world's largest software developers, with the principal owner being the founder, Dr. James Goodnight. He operates the company on this philosophy: "If you treat employees as if they make a difference to the company, they will make a difference to the company."

SAS reviews salaries annually to stay competitive, and all employees are eligible for performance-based pay increases, and bonuses. With a host of other benefits like onsite daycare, 100 percent coverage of health insurance premiums, a 66,000-square-foot fitness center and a free health care center, it's no wonder that annual employee turnover is less than 4 percent.
Last updated January 22 2008: 3:23 PM ET

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