The Best Employers in America

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It's possible to love your job and get a good salary too: You just have to work for the right company.
The first annual list of the best employers in America by PayScale and Business Insider evaluates companies by both pay and happiness.

The winner is a company you've probably never heard of: a New Jersey biopharmaceutical company called Celgene Corporation. Many of the best companies were also in the health care industry.

The famously indulgent tech industry also did well on this list, including Google (#2), Yahoo (#8), and Microsoft (#14).

Companies in the 2012 Fortune 500 were ranked using PayScale's salary and survey database. Happiness represented 57 percent of the final score and was measured through questions about satisfaction, feelings of meaningfulness, stress, and schedule flexibility. Pay represented 43 percent of the final score and was measured by looking at median pay after five years and pay compared to industry peers.

20. Dow Chemical Company

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Headquartered in Midland, Mich., this chemicals company has about 50,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of flexibility (85%); high rates of satisfaction (78%) and meaningfulness (66%); and average rates of relaxation (35%).

Median pay is very high at $90,000 after five years, and high compared to industry peers.



19. Booz, Allen and Hamilton

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Headquartered in Tysons Corner, Va., this management consulting company has 26,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of relaxation (48%); and high rates of flexibility (83%), satisfaction (72%), and meaningfulness (61%).

Median pay is very high at $93,100 after five years, and high compared to industry peers.



18. Johnson & Johnson

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Headquartered in New Brunswick, N.J., this pharmaceutical company has 117,900 employees.

Employees report very high rates of meaningfulness (73%); and high rates of relaxation (39%), flexibility (83%), and satisfaction (72%).

Median pay is very high at $92,000 after five years, and high compared to industry peers.


17. 3M Company

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Headquartered in Two Harbors, Minn., this conglomerate company has 84,198 employees.

Employees report high rates of relaxation (44%), flexibility (79%), satisfaction (77%), and meaningfulness (59%).

Median pay is high at $82,400 after five years, and very high compared to industry peers.



16. The Boeing Company


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Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., this aerospace and defense company has 171,700 employees.

Employees report high rates of relaxation (45%), flexibility (80%), satisfaction (76%), and meaningfulness (68%).

Median pay is high at $85,900 after five years, and high compared to industry peers.



15. Amgen Corporation

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Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., this biopharmaceutical company has 17,800 employees.

Employees report very high rates of meaningfulness (81%); high rates of flexibility (78%) and satisfaction (75%); and average rates of relaxation (37%).

Median pay is very high at $98,500 after five years, and high compared to industry peers.


14. Microsoft Corporation

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Headquartered in Redmond, Wash., this computer software has 94,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of flexibility (92%); high rates of relaxation (39%) and meaningfulness (60%); and average rates of satisfaction (69%).

Median pay is very high at $111,000 after five years, and very high compared to industry peers.


13. Abbott Laboratories

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Headquartered in North Chicago, Ill., this pharmaceutical company has 91,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of meaningfulness (81%); and high rates of relaxation (39%), flexibility (83%), and satisfaction (77%).

Median pay is high at $88,000 after five years, and high compared to industry peers.



12. ITT Exelis

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Headquartered in Tysons Corner, Va., this defense company has more than 20,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of relaxation (63%), flexibility (84%), and satisfaction (79%); and high rates of meaningfulness (58%).

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



11. Pfizer, Inc.

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Headquartered in New York, N.Y., this pharmaceutical company has 103,700 employees.

Employees report very high rates of flexibility (84%) and meaningfulness (77%); high rates of satisfaction (73%); and average rates of relaxation (36%).

Median pay is very high at $93,200 after five years, and very high compared to industry peers.


10. Williams Companies, Inc.

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Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., this oil and gas company has 3,913 employees.

Employees report very high rates of relaxation (54%) and satisfaction (80%); and high rates of flexibility (79%) and meaningfulness (65%).

Median pay is high at $79,000 after five years, and very high compared to industry peers.



9. E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co.

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Headquartered in Wilmington, Del., this chemicals company has 70,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of flexibility (84%) and satisfaction (84%); and high rates of relaxation (43%) and meaningfulness (67%).

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



8. Yahoo! Inc.

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Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., this internet company has 14,100 employees.

Employees report very high rates of relaxation (46%) and flexibility (88%); high rates of satisfaction (81%); and average rates of meaningfulness (55%).

Median pay is very high at $120,000 after five years, and high compared to industry peers.



7. Chevron Corporation

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Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., this oil and gas company has 62,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of satisfaction (81%) and relaxation (47%); and high rates of flexibility (80%) and meaningfulness (58%).

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


6. MasterCard Worldwide

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Headquartered in Purchase, N.Y., this financial services company has 6,700 employees.

Employees report very high rates of satisfaction (81%), relaxation (63%) and flexibility (85%); and average rates of meaningfulness (54%).

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


5. Biogen Idec, Inc.

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Headquartered in Weston, Mass., this biotechnology company has 4,850 employees.

Employees report very high rates of satisfaction (83%), flexibility (89%), and meaningfulness (89%); and average relaxation (33%).

Median pay is very high at $97,800 after five years, and very high compared to industry peers.



4. Qualcomm, Inc.

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Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., this telecommunications company has over 20,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of satisfaction (81%) and flexibility (92%); high rates of meaningfulness (65%); and average relaxation (37%).

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


3. Huntsman Corporation

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Glassdoor.com

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, this chemicals company has approximately 12,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of relaxation (50%) and flexibility (94%); high rates of meaningfulness (63%) and satisfaction (75%).

Median pay is very high at $95,600 after five years, and high compared to industry peers.



2. Google, Inc.

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Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., this internet company has more than 30,000 employees.

Employees report very high rates of satisfaction (81%); high rates of relaxation (44%), meaningfulness (61%), and flexibility (81%).

Median pay is very high at $119,000 after five years, and very high compared to industry peers.


1. Celgene Corporation


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Headquartered in Summit, N.J., this biotechnology company has more than 4,500 employees.

Employees report very high rates of satisfaction (91%), meaningfulness (86%), and flexibility (91%); and high rates of relaxation (41%).

Median pay is very high at $118,000 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. Also find out how your salary stacks up.

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