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24. Intel
Intel
Average total pay: $118,295
For: Component Design Engineer*
Best companies rank: 98

With "Intel inside" computers everywhere, the chip-maker is able to reward everyone from engineers to administrative staffers well. Company policy is to pay "above market" when it's performing as well as competitors (now), and "well above market" when it's beating them. Bonus time comes not once, but twice a year.

Most employees get some type of stock when they're hired -- either restricted shares alone, or for senior managers, stock options too. The company contributes to employees' retirement via a profit-sharing plan; employees can pay into a 401(k) as well.

Even better, opportunities to move up abound. Intel spends more than $300 million a year on employee development. Staffers typically get new gigs every 18 to 24 months. Going back to school? Intel will cover up to $50,000 in costs, or more, depending on the program. Not a bad way to get an MBA.

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Last updated January 26 2010: 11:14 AM ET
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