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14. NetApp
Average total pay: $134,716
For: Member Technical Staff, Software 4*

Best Companies rank: 1
Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA

This Silicon Valley data storage firm tops the Best Companies to Work for list this year, and one reason is its policy to pay above the market. To ensure its employees remain in the upper echelons, NetApp regularly compares its pay rates to those of other high-tech firms.

NetApp, which has a Technical Support Center open 24 hours, also pays employees working night shifts extra. Staffers working between 1 p.m. and midnight earn 10% more; those working between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. get a 15% differential.

Last year, 98% of NetApp employees received incentive bonuses, which totaled $47 million. And every new employee gets stock options and restricted stock awards.

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

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