Modern War for Talent: America’s Best Employers

In the modern war for talent, it’s every company’s dream to secure spots on coveted lists that dub their workplace ‘the holy grail’ of organizations. While many industries and companies are struggling to attract qualified candidates, making it onto Forbes’ ‘America’s Best Employers’ top 500 – a list derived by polling 30,000 U.S. employees – is an accomplishment that can help companies edge out the competition.

Here are America’s top five best employers from 2018, according to Forbes. We also provided the average median annual salaries for roles associated with these industries based on Salary.com data:

1) Michelin Group

Industry: Auto & Truck Parts

Michelin, the leading tire company, manufactures and markets tires and services for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles/motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also offers digital mobility support services and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases.

Common roles/salaries in this type of industry:

Process Engineer: $65,966 – $111,311*

Materials Engineer: $67,017 - $131,058

Environmental Compliance Specialist: $72,008 – $86,569

*Note: Salary ranges can differ based on seniority, location, and other factors. They also do not reflect actual salaries at these specific companies.

2) Trader Joe’s 

Industry: Retail & Wholesale

Trader Joe’s started out as a small chain of convenience stores in Southern California back in 1958. It now operates over 450 retail locations across the U.S., and was sold to the Albrecht family of Germany in 1979, which also owns the Aldi discount supermarket chain.

Common roles/salaries in this type of industry:

Retail Cashier – Full time: $22,691/year or $11/hour

Retail Store Manager: $56,640 - $70,889

Retail Store Operations Manager: $85,450

3) Google 

Industry: IT, Internet, Software & Services

Google is a technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

Common roles/salaries in this type of industry:

Data Scientist: $61,301 - $144,384

Software Engineer: $66,536 - $143,629

4) Principal Financial Group

Industry: Life & Health Insurance

The Principal Financial Group is a global financial investment management and insurance company headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

Common roles in this type of Industry:

Underwriter: $48,406 – 83,382

Financial Analyst: $56,116 – $101, 082

Accountant: $50,897 - $91,167

5) Costco Wholesale

Industry: Retail & Wholesale

Costco is an American multinational corporation which operates a chain of membership-only warehouse clubs. 

Common roles/salaries in this type of industry:

Stock clerk: $35,209

Inventory Control Manager: $82,709

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