50 Best Employers In America

A biotech firm grabs the top spot for the second year in a row



By Melissa Stanger and Melia Robinson

When faced with the decision of choosing between a job you love and a job that pays well, remember this: You can have your cake and eat it too.

The second annual list of the best employers in America by PayScale and Business Insider evaluates companies by both pay and happiness.

For the second year, New Jersey biotechnology company Celgene Corporation topped the list as the Best Employer in America. In fact, many of the best companies are in the health-care industry.

The tech industry was booming last year, with typical top companies such as Google and Yahoo taking the second and eighth spots, respectively. This year, however, tech companies took a noticeable tumble - Google dropped to No. 8 this year, Yahoo fell to No. 17, and Microsoft, which ranked No. 14 last year, fell off the map.

In creating this list, companies in the Fortune 500 were ranked using PayScale's salary and survey database. Final scores were determined by multiplying six criteria factors: high job satisfaction, low job stress, high work-schedule flexibility, high job meaning, experienced median pay, and salary delta (that is, how the median pay compares to other companies in the same industry). Since we think that pay is one of the most important factors, we double-weighted pay in our calculations.


50. Pacific Life

Wikipedia Commons
Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., this insurance company has 2,700 employees.

Employees report high rates of work schedule flexibility (87%) and job satisfaction (60%).

Median pay is $91,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the insurance industry


49. Exxon Mobil Corporation

Exxon Mobil Refineries
AP
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, this oil and gas company has 75,000 employees. While it claims No. 49 on our list, Exxon Mobil is No. 2 on the 2013 Fortune 500 list.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (77%) and work-schedule flexibility (73%).

Median pay is $104,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


48. Medtronic Inc.

Earns Medtronic
AP
Headquartered in Minneapolis, this medical-device company has 45,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of job meaning (91%) and work-schedule flexibility (81%).

Median pay is $88,500 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the medical equipment industry


47. ConocoPhillips Company

Delta Airlines Refinery
AP
Headquartered in Houston, this energy company has more than 16,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (67%) and job meaning (57%).

Median pay is $103,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


46. eBay Inc.

Earns EBay
AP
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., this e-commerce company has 31,500 employees and is a newcomer to our list of the best employers.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (86%) and job satisfaction (69%).

Median pay is $114,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in e-commerce


45. Autoliv Inc.

Factory employees of Autoliv, Inc., which develops and manuf
Getty ImagesEmployees at the Autoliv factory in Melbourne, Australia.
Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, this automotive company has 55,000 employees. A Swedish-American company, Autoliv merged with U.S. company Morton ASP in 1997.

Employees report high rates of job meaning (84%) and low stress (11%).

Median pay is $79,500 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the automotive industry


44. Fannie Mae Corporation

Wikipedia Commons
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., this financial-services company has 7,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (83%) and job satisfaction (65%).

Median pay is $106,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in financial services


43. Pfizer Inc.

Pfizer To Cut Back Operations
Getty Images
Headquartered in New York, this pharmaceutical company has 91,500 employees. Ranked No. 11 last year, Pfizer dropped to No. 43 on this year's list.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (85%) and job satisfaction (71%).

Median pay is $99,100 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the pharmaceutical industry


42. Dow Chemical Company

FOR USE WITH AFP STORY By Mira Oberman,
Getty Images
Headquartered in Midland, Mich., this chemical company has 53,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work schedule flexibility (81%) and job satisfaction (79%).

Median pay is $96,400 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the chemical industry


41. The Mosaic Company

The Mosaic Company/Facebook
Headquartered in Plymouth, Minn., this agriculture company has 8,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (82%) and low stress (11%).

Median pay is $72,100 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in agriculture


40. Allergan Inc.

A Day at Work
foboat/Flickr

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., this pharmaceutical company has over 10,500 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (83%) and low stress (10%).

Median pay is $93,400 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the pharmaceutical industry


39. NextEra Energy Inc.

NextEra Energy Resources Wind Farm
AP
Another newcomer to the list, and headquartered in Wilton, Conn., this energy company has 13,000 employees. This month, its stock hit a new 52-week high, at $96.50.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (71%) and low stress (15%).

Median pay is $90,800 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


38. Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup Company Plant
Getty ImagesCampbell Soup Company plant.
Headquartered in Camden, N.J., this food-processing company has 17,500 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (79%) and job satisfaction (76%).

Median pay is $77,400 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in food-processing


37. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson/Facebook
Headquartered in New Brunswick, N.J., this pharmaceutical company has over 128,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (83%) and job meaning (76%).

Median pay is $102,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the pharmaceutical industry


36. Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Laboratories Buys Piramal's India Unit For $3.72 Billion
Getty Images
Abbott fell from No. 13 on last year's list. The pharmaceutical company, headquartered in Abbott Park, Ill., has 91,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (82%) and job meaning (79%).

Median pay is $90,400 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the pharmaceutical industry


35. NiSource Inc.

NYSE Euronext/Facebook
Headquartered in Merrillville, Ind., this utilities company has over 7,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (79%) and job meaning and satisfaction (72%).

Median pay is $80,700 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


34. AGCO Corporation

Wikipedia Commons
Headquartered in Duluth, Ga., this agriculture company has over 17,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (82%) and low stress (12%).

Median pay is $80,700 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in agriculture


33. FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Careers/Facebook
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, this energy company has 17,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (83%) and work-schedule flexibility (69%).

Median pay is $82,500 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


32. Symantec Corporation

Symantec/Facebook
Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., this software company has over 20,000 employees. The company is facing investor pressure to improve business and is seeking a replacement CEO.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (92%) and job satisfaction (71%).

Median pay is $102,000 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the software industry


31. St. Jude Medical Inc.

St. Jude Medical Veddesta HDR
wisefly/Flickr
Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., this medical-device company has 16,000 employees. It jumped seven places since last year's ranking.

Employees report high rates of job meaning (83%) and job satisfaction (75%).

Median pay is $84,300 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the medical equipment industry


30. Xcel Energy Inc.

Wikipedia Commons
Headquartered in Minneapolis, this electricity and gas company has 12,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (85%) and job satisfaction (79%).

Median pay is $80,600 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


29. Chevron Corporation

California Gasoline Prices
AP
Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., this oil and gas company has over 64,000 employees. Chevron was ranked No. 3 on the 2012 Fortune 500 list.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (81%) and work-schedule flexibility (75%).

Median pay is $113,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


28. Texas Instruments Inc.

Texas Instruments/Facebook
Headquartered in Dallas, this semiconductors company has over 34,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (85%) and job satisfaction (75%).

Median pay is $105,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the semiconductor industry


27. NRG Energy Inc.

NRG Energy/Facebook
Headquartered in Princeton, N.J., this energy company has 9,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (78%) and job satisfaction (76%).

Median pay is $91,700 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


26. Constellation Energy Group Inc.

A Constellation Energy Group Inc. power plant is seen in Bal
Getty Images
Constellation Energy Group is new to our list this year. Headquartered in Baltimore, this energy company has over 10,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (92%) and low stress (11%).

Median pay is $88,800 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


25. Baxter International Inc.

General View of Baxter Office
Getty Images
A newcomer to our list, Baxter International Inc. announced last month that it would split into two companies, one focused on developing biotechnology and one that sells medical products, in 2015. The medical-supplies company, based in Deerfield, Ill., has 48,500 employees.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (79%) and low stress (14%).

Median pay is $86,200 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the medical equipment industry


24. Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Earns Occidental
AP
Headquartered in Los Angeles, this oil and gas company has over 12,000 employees. Occidental leaped from No. 46 on last year's list.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (83%) and work-schedule flexibility (69%).

Median pay is $106,00 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


23. Dominion Resources Inc.

Wikipedia Commons
Headquartered in Richmond, Va., this energy company has 15,500 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (88%) and job satisfaction (80%).

Median pay is $81,400 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


22. FMC Technologies Inc.

FMC Technologies/Facebook
Headquartered in Houston, this energy company has over 18,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (81%) and job satisfaction (77%).

Median pay is $90,400 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


21. Broadcom Corporation

Broadcom/FacebookBroadcom intern hackathon.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., this telecommunications company has over 11,000 employees. In February, we reported that Apple is likely to use Broadcom's next generation of wireless system-on-a-chip for the iPhone 6.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (86%) and job satisfaction (68%).

Median pay is $125,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the telecommunications industry


20. Amgen Corporation

Wikipedia Commons
Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., this biotechnology company has 18,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of job meaning (82%) and work-schedule flexibility (77%).

Median pay is $107,000 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in biotechnology


19. BlackRock Inc.

A BlackRock logo hangs above the entrance to the BlackRock I
Getty Images
Headquartered in New York, this financial-services company has 10,500 employees. This month, BlackRock named a new co-president and COO, and it gave 10 senior executives new roles in its second management revamp in two years.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (82%) and job satisfaction (81%).

Median pay is $115,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in financial services


18. Hershey Foods Corporation

HERSHEY NAME CHANGE
AP
Headquartered in Hershey, Penn., this food-processing company has over 12,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (86%) and work-schedule flexibility (86%).

Median pay is $74,500 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in food-processing


17. Yahoo Inc.

Earns Yahoo
AP
Yahoo is helmed by Marissa Mayer, a former Googler who's shaken up the company since coming on in 2012. The internet company, which has over 11,000 employees, is based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (90%) and job satisfaction (72%).

Median pay is $125,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job at an internet company


16. NetApp

NetApp/Facebook
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., this data-management company has over 12,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (94%) and job satisfaction (79%).

Median pay is $118,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in data-management


15. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Wikipedia Commons
Headquartered in New York, this pharmaceutical company has 28,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (84%) and job satisfaction (78%).

Median pay is $106,000 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the pharmaceutical industry


14. MasterCard Worldwide

Mastercard/FacebookMastercard employees aid in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
This financial-services company is based in Purchase, N.Y., and has 7,500 employees. Wal-Mart recently announced it was ditching Discover and choosing MasterCard Inc. to handle transactions for the merchant's store-branded credit cards.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (84%) and job satisfaction (82%).

Median pay is $109,000 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in financial services


13. Qualcomm Inc.

Qualcomm/Facebook
Headquartered in San Diego, this semiconductors company has 26,500 employees. Last year Microsoft held the No. 14 spot.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (93%) and job satisfaction (80%).

Median pay is $113,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the semiconductor industry


12. Williams Companies Inc.

Williams Careers/Facebook
Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., this energy company has over 4,500 employees.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (82%) and work-schedule flexibility (81%).

Median pay is $79,400 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


11. Marathon Petroleum Company LLC

Pipes run toward storage tanks on the grounds of a Marathon
Getty Images
Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, this oil and gas company has 26,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (93%) and job meaning (74%).

Median pay is $94,100 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


10. Gilead Sciences Inc.

Inside of a Gilead Sciences Lab
Getty Images
Headquartered in Foster City, Calif., this biotechnology company has 5,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of job meaning (90%) and job satisfaction (78%).

Median pay is $105,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in biotechnology


9. PG&E Corporation

PG&E/Facebook
Up 13 spots from last year, PG&E is bouncing back after a Metcalf transmission substation near San Jose, Calif., was attacked and knocked out of commission last year, costing the company $16 million in repairs. The electricity and gas company is based in San Francisco and has over 20,500 employees.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (87%) and work-schedule flexibility(68%).

Median pay is $108,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


8. Google Inc.

Google Offers Employees Free Bicycles
Getty Images
After diving headfirst into the wearable-technologies marketplace, Google fell from No. 2 on last year's list, but still made it into the top 10. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., this Internet company has 48,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (83%) and job satisfaction (81%).

Median pay is $127,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job at an internet company


7. Huntsman Corporation

Huntsman Corporations/Facebook
This chemicals company, based in The Woodlands, Texas, slid down five spots from last year's list, and recently announced an outline to boost adjusted earnings to $2 billion by 2016. Huntsman has 12,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (87%) and job satisfaction (74%).

Median pay is $99,400 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the chemical industry


6. PPL Corporation

Power Plant Shutdown
AP
Headquartered in Allentown, Penn., this energy company has 17,729 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (86%) and job meaning (80%).

Median pay is $84,800 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


5. Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Oil Prices
AP
Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, this oil and gas company has 5,200 employees. Last month, the company agreed to pay $5.1 billion for a vast environmental cleanup, a sum the Justice Department said was the largest it had ever won in such a case.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (83%) and work-schedule flexibility (82%).

Median pay is $88,800 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the energy industry


4. Colgate-Palmolive Company

COLGATE PALMOLIVE PLANT
AP
This is the first year Colgate is appearing on this list. The consumer products company is based in New York and has 37,700 employees.

Employees report high rates of job satisfaction (86%) and work-schedule flexibility (79%).

Median pay is $101,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the consumer products industry


3. Celanese Corporation

Celanese Corporation/FacebookCelanese employees volunteer at Habitat for Humanity in Dallas.
Celanese made a remarkable jump on our list, from No. 126 last year to No. 3 this year. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, this chemicals company has 7,400 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (86%) and job satisfaction (74%).

Median pay is $103,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in the chemical industry


2. Biogen Idec

Earns Biogen Idec
AP
Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., this biotechnology company has 4,850 employees. It recently won FDA approval for its hemophilia B drug, marking a new frontier for the longtime leader in the development of drug treatments for multiple sclerosis.

Employees report high rates of job meaning (87%) and work-schedule flexibility (87%).

Median pay is $96,100 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in biotechnology


1. Celgene Corporation

Stem Cell Research
AP
This is the second year that Celgene has earned the top spot on our list. Headquartered in Summit, N.J., this biotechnology company has 4,700 employees. Aside from developing drugs that help people battle cancer and inflammatory disorders, Celgene employees live by the motto "Do well by doing good."

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (97%) and job meaning (93%).

Median pay is $116,000 after five years and very high compared to industry peers.

This ranking of Fortune 500 companies was created by Business Insider using data gathered and crunched by PayScale. Read the full methodology here. Find out how your salary stacks up on PayScale.

> Find a job in biotechnology

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

Search Articles

Top Companies Hiring

Week of July 27 - Aug 3
View All

Picks From the Web

Featured Writers

Meet the team