Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $100K per year on average. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make around $75K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (41 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of $121K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $134K annually) can be spotted in Calabasas, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio (approximately $116K), Plano, Texas ($113K), and New Providence, N.J. (about $112K) are the next top-paying cities. Chicago, Ill. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $88K. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Ohio, where the average salary is $112K per year.
Bringing in the most money are Senior Software Engineers — their earnings average $116K annually. Software Engineers are a close second at around $110K along with Network Engineers (approximately $108K) and Senior Systems Engineers ($104K). Financial compensation for Technical Training Instructors is rather low — on average only approximately $80K — relative to the rest of the company.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ScrumMasters receive bigger paychecks (about $145K per year) than those without credentials. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Information Systems Security Professional is rewarded with median pay of around $126K annually. At Alcatel - Lucent, employees who hold a Doctorate (PhD) receive the highest salaries at $138K.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be C; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $120K per year. Project Management is a popular skill in the Alcatel - Lucent workforce; about one in seven of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. UNIX, Linux, and Telecommunications were also reported by many survey participants.
Alcatel - Lucent's employees who answered the questionnaire are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1).
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Alcatel - Lucent gives paid vacation days to a third of survey participants and sick leave to 23 percent. Alcatel - Lucent sponsors a 401(k) program, and most respondents use this option to save for their retirement. The vast majority of employees receive health insurance, and most workers get dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are a casual working environment, life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and optional telecommute / work from home.