When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($130K per year) can be spotted in Mountain View, Calif.; Chicago, Ill. (around $110K), New Providence, N.J. (about $100K), and Austin, Texas ($92K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Dallas, Texas; in fact, at $85K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of approximately $144K annually) in Colorado.
Product Line Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of about $125K per year; Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to around $122K, while Software Engineers and Radio Frequency Engineers rank near the top as well ($107K and approximately $93K, respectively). Telecommunications Engineers at Alcatel - Lucent do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($82K on average) at the company.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $90K annually. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $88K per year. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Alcatel - Lucent employees (42 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn $112K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Licensed Lawyer certainly has its perks — salaries approach $192K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Becoming a Certified ScrumMaster can certainly pay off here; those folks make $120K on average. Those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Alcatel - Lucent come out on top, and their salaries approach around $190K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be C programming Language; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $130K per year. UNIX is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; roughly a seventh of Alcatel - Lucent's people use it regularly. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Project Management, Java, and Telecommunications.
Alcatel - Lucent's employees who answered the questionnaire are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only a quarter of survey participants receiving paid vacation and a sixth of respondents receiving paid sick days. Most respondents report contributing to a 401(k). The vast majority of respondents have health insurance, and benefits for most survey participants also include dental insurance. The company also dishes out perks such as a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.