It can be hard to find a high-paying job without a degree or experience. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to settle for just any position to get by. Many of the highest-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree also offer great benefits.
Several tech giants, media companies, airlines and restaurant chains provide good-paying jobs that don’t require a degree. And, they top the list of companies with the best benefits. To help you in your job search, GOBankingRates searched for the top companies that offer internships and entry-level jobs that don’t require a degree. Take a look at these 25 companies, and find a great place to work.
Average employee wage: $71,123 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Paid parental leave, plus up to eight weeks of flex time and part-time options for new parents
Amazon offers careers without a college degree. And it provides several attractive benefits for all eligible employees, including a choice of four medical plans, options to set up a 401k savings plan with a company match and a pet assistance program. All employees get up to six paid personal days a year and six paid annual holidays a year.
Some benefits, like the employee assistance program, are extended to family members. Employees also have the option to create their own work schedule.
Average employee wage: $66,955 median salary for positions with one to four years of experience
Primary benefits: Unlimited paid time off as of the first day of full-time employment
Eventbrite’s flexible time-off policy isn’t the only amazing benefit at the company. The company invests in its employees by organizing events to encourage learning and development, including coaching sessions and team-bonding activities.
Employees are invited to a monthly party to celebrate new employees and Brite Camps for more educational opportunities. Other perks of working here include 100 percent company-paid health coverage, stock options, telecommuting options and onsite amenities, including meals and acupuncture sessions.
Bain & Company
Average employee wage: $74,687 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Extended two-month breaks to relax or fulfill personal goals
Global consulting firm Bain & Company offers flexible work spaces at local offices. The company culture encourages employees to take breaks at a local park, yoga studio or other venues around the office during the workday. Working remotely is an option, and the company offers leaves of absences, part-time and job-sharing options. The company also offers sabbaticals, which can be a career-boosting move.
Employees sharing their experiences on Glassdoor reveal the company covers all medical expenses and invests in your 401k as part of the benefits package.
Average employee wage: $103,725 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Insurance coverage for the family, plus meals and transportation support for employees
Facebook offers a wide range of benefits for employees at all its offices around the globe. It’s committed to supporting employees with families who have additional needs by offering cash for newborn expenses, adoption assistance and medical care.
Employee benefits include a wellness allowance so you can take care of your health, plus paid leave for new parents. Investing in your Facebook career also helps you invest in your future — the company offers a competitive retirement plan.
Average employee wage: $59,452 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Paid sabbaticals
Deloitte is a popular company to work for in several large U.S. cities and for good reason. Deloitte encourages employees to invest in their personal and professional growth with paid and unpaid sabbatical options. You can take an unpaid one-month sabbatical for any reason and keep your job. Or, you can go on a three- or six-month sabbatical to pursue career development or volunteerism opportunities and earn 40 percent of your pre-sabbatical base salary.
The company also offers up to 16 weeks of paid time off for family leave. It will reimburse you up to $25,000 per child for expenses related to an adoption or surrogacy birth of a child.
Average employee wage: $61,013 for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Employee merchandise discount and paid time off, even for part-time employees
Workers looking for part-time jobs don’t need to miss out on benefits. Both part-time and full-time Gap Inc. employees enjoy company benefits, including a merchandise discount at all Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Outlet stores. They also get paid time off, paid sick leave and up to seven paid holidays per year.
Gap Inc. donates $150 for every 15 hours employees spend volunteering. Eligible employees can take off five clock hours every month to volunteer to the charity of their choice.
Average employee wage: $13.48 per hour for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: 10 percent of annual salary automatically contributed to retirement plan
All Trader Joe’s Crew Members get a 10 percent discount on products, and eligible employees build up their retirement savings with a 10 percent annual salary match by the company. Employees can get medical, dental and vision coverage for $75 a month.
Employees earn paid time off with each year worked and can cash out those hours as soon as they start accruing them. The company also offers annual pay increases of up to 10 percent to retain hardworking employees.
Average employee wage: $59,994 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Adoption and tuition assistance, 401k match
Besides the free coffee, employees who work more than 20 hours a week receive a pay and benefits package that’s designed for their needs.
The package can include 401k matching, health coverage for the employee and his or her dependents, discounted stock purchase options and adoption assistance. Tuition assistance is also available for employees who want to further their education and enjoy better job opportunities with Starbucks.
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Average employee wage: $67,368 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Flexible work schedules
Raytheon provides comprehensive health insurance plan options, including the option to set up a healthcare reimbursement account up to $2,600 per year. Employees can get home and auto insurance discounts, and can get investment advice from an independent investment advisor.
All employees start earning paid time off on the day they’re hired. They can also take advantage of flexible workweeks, as long as they meet their required hours for the pay period.
Average employee wage: $67,212 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Personalized benefit plans, including flexible work arrangements
American Express will create a custom benefits package for you, based on whether you have family members that need assistance and other factors. It offers flexible hours and special programs for parents who need maternity or paternity leave.
Employees sharing their experiences on Glassdoor report the company is a great place to work, offering a “generous” vacation time package and the option to work from home. The standard vacation benefit starts at five weeks paid vacation. Employees are eligible for a 401k match, plus health, vision and dental insurance.
Average employee wage: $79,954 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: 18 weeks maternity leave and eight weeks paternity leave
Capital One invests in its employees with several attractive health, financial and life benefits. It offers two time-off programs: paid time off for non-exempt associates and vacation time for exempt associates. Entry-level employees can still enjoy jobs that pay well without a degree here.
The back-up child care advantage programs provide child care services for employees and family members. The company provides financial support for parents adopting a child or going through surrogacy. It also contributes to employees’ 401k and provides tuition assistance.
Average employee wage: $9.93 per hour for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Prepaid legal services and tax preparation assistance
Full-time associates at H&R Block tax offices are eligible for several benefits, including medical, wellness, dental and vision coverage. H&R Block offers a retirement savings plan, plus an employee stock purchase plan for those who want to invest in the company.
Vacation time and holidays, prepaid legal services and tuition assistance are some other benefits for full-timers. All employees can also take advantage of tax preparation services.
Average employee wage: $60,932 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Product and fitness discounts
Staying fit and healthy is a priority at Nike, so the company offers several benefits that support those goals. Benefits depend on position and location with premium benefits, such as a 15 percent discount on Nike stocks and paid sabbaticals for longtime employees.
Entry-level employees receive health insurance coverage, paid vacation and holidays, product discounts at all Nike stores and fitness discounts.
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Average employee wage: $12.85 per hour for positions with one to four years of experience
Primary benefits: Vacation time and free meals for all employees
All employees — even part-time workers — receive all employee benefits at In-N-Out Burger. In addition to free meals, employees enjoy flexible schedules, paid vacation time and a 401k plan.
Employees on Glassdoor report it’s one of the best places to work for free food. They highlight the convenient 401k plan, free lunch and snacks, and great company culture as incentives to work at this fast food chain.
Average employee wage: $62,353 for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Total Rewards benefits package
Prudential offers its Total Rewards package to eligible employees, including full-time entry-level employees — making it one of the best companies to work for.
Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, a 401k savings plan and work/life programs for employees who might need a flexible schedule. Employees can also take advance of free coaching, access to fitness centers and services that provide support for major life transitions.
Average employee wage: $20.49 per hour for customer experience specialist position, according to Glassdoor
Primary benefits: Paid volunteer program, healthy food and snacks
Airbnb is committed to helping employees thrive in their careers. It hosts fireside chats with thought leaders to share their experiences and spark new ideas. The company hosts offsite events and happy hours, and also provides an annual travel credit so employees can enjoy travel experiences at Airbnb locations.
Comprehensive health plans, personal time off and wellness initiatives at work are some other perks of working here.
Average employee wage: $110,006 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Catered meals and micro kitchens onsite
Employees of Square sharing their experience on Glassdoor report the main offices host breakfast, lunch and dinner onsite every day. Employees also have access to a kitchen stocked with organic and healthy food.
Square offers an equity plan for full-time employees who want to be with the company for the long term. Its premium benefits include paid maternity and paternity leave, wellness services and comprehensive health insurance coverage.
Average employee wage: $102,471 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Student loan refinancing and bike amenities at San Francisco headquarters
Employees working at the Salesforce San Francisco headquarters get the lion’s share of employee benefits. Perks include Zagster bike share and bike parking, commuter benefits, and shuttle service from San Mateo, Santa Clara, Cupertino and Mountain View.
All employees also receive discounts on fitness, travel, spa, concerts and house cleaning services. The company reimburses 100 percent of tuition costs and provides opportunities for international assignments that include health coverage for the employee and his or her family members through Cigna.
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Average employee wage: $77,166 median salary for positions with one to four years of experience
Primary benefits: Take time off whenever you want to
Netflix stands behind its work-life balance philosophy by offering flexible scheduling options for all employees. Nobody is required to work a standard 9-to-5 workday, and there’s no time-off policy, holiday schedule or vacation schedule. Employees take time off whenever they need a break, including time off for the birth of a child.
The company also matches employees’ contributions to charitable organizations up to $10,000.
Average employee wage: $74,268 median salary for positions with one to four years of experience
Primary benefits: Catered lunch every day and barista training for coffee lovers
Evernote helps keep employees productive by providing several unique perks and benefits. Employees working at the Redwood City headquarters can learn how to make espresso drinks with hands-on training classes. They can also work on their professional and personal development with courses through Evernote Academy.
The company offers six weeks paid maternity and paternity leave through its Baby Bonding Program. Employees can also take advantage of a $1,000 vacation stipend every year.
Average employee wage: $59,879 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Instant Recesses and Healthy Meetings program
Employees can enjoy a variety of health and wellness benefits to stay productive and happy in the workplace at Kaiser Permanente. The company provides healthy catering options and onsite fitness classes.
Employees can also buy fresh fruits and vegetables from the onsite farmers market and get discounted tickets to recreational activities for themselves and family members. Flexible scheduling options and remote jobs are some other perks of working here.
In California, Kaiser Permanente had the most job openings in the state, according to a recent GOBankingRates study.
Average employee wage: $55,903 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Onsite services, including food drop-offs and oil changes
Epic Systems knows employees spend the majority of the day at the office, so it provides onsite services as a benefit to make things easier. Employees can get their oil changed at work, drop off dry cleaning and have food from community farms dropped off to the Epic campus.
The company also offers 401k matching, life insurance and retirement planning sessions with experts. Employees can also buy stock in the company and look forward to merit-based compensation and raises.
Average employee wage: $97,185 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Campus cafes and micro kitchens for healthy food, onsite wellness services
Campus cafes and micro kitchens serve up nutritious meals and snacks all day to keep Googlers healthy and productive. The company also offers onsite wellness services, including massages, chiropractic services and physical therapy.
Employees can take time off when they need it with flexible scheduling options and a parental leave policy. Onsite personal development and professional learning opportunities are also available.
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Average employee wage: $49,132 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Free unlimited travel privileges for employee and eligible family members
Besides being able to travel for free, employees of Southwest Airlines earn Southwest Airlines Gratitude Points (SWAG) when they’re recognized by fellow employees. They can use SWAG points for things like guest passes, merchandise and gift cards.
The airline offers a 401k plan and provides a 10 percent discount on Southwest common stock. Employees can also get tuition reimbursement and participate in advanced training opportunities through Southwest Airlines University (SWA U) to further their career.
The J.M. Smucker Company
Average employee wage: $53,842 median salary for positions with less than one year of experience
Primary benefits: Financial incentives for staying healthy
Smucker is committed to maintaining a workforce of healthy employees. The company encourages everyone to embrace healthy lifestyle habits by participating in onsite wellness programs and staying tobacco-free.
The company offers annual health screenings and hosts health fairs to keep employees engaged. Those who participate in the company’s healthy lifestyle program earn bonuses. The benefits package includes health insurance, prescription coverage, dental and vision insurance, and life insurance.
Salary information was sourced from Payscale except where noted, and was current as of Dec. 8, 2017.
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