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7. Salesforce.com
Salesforce.com
Average total pay: $172,303
For: Senior Sales Engineer*

Best Companies rank: 55
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

It was full steam ahead last year for this provider of web-based applications to manage customer relationships (CRM). As rivals were laying off staff, Salesforce.com grew its payroll by 24% last year, saying that "now is the best time to take market share from competitors," as rivals were laying off

People are well-paid here: Enterprise business reps get salary and bonus of about $75K annually; senior sales engineers enjoy average base pay of $117,300. And this year, benefits get a boost: The 401(k) match will rise from $3,400 to $4,000, and reimbursements for fitness programs and tuition will be hiked. The company also is introducing a long-term bonus program, financial aid for adoption, a benefit that helps employees access child care, a stock purchase program and a program that gives money back to staffers who use public transportation.

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Last updated February 05 2009: 1:03 PM ET
*Most common salaried job

An earlier version listed an incorrect pay number for Chesapeake Energy. The correct amount is $120,576, not $178,108, which moves Chesapeake from #7 among top payers to #24. The rankings have been adjusted accordingly.
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