Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $76K per year. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $97K annually. The largest fraction of Alcatel - Lucent people (44 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and earn $116K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($130K annually) can be spotted in Mountain View, Calif.; Austin, Texas ($117K), New Providence, N.J. (about $110K), and Naperville, Ill. ($102K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $91K) is Plano, Texas. The highest pay by state can be found in Colorado, where salaries average out at approximately $187K per year.
Product Line Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $126K annually — though Senior Software Engineers, Senior Systems Engineers, and Software Engineers also do fairly well at $117K, $109K, and approximately $107K, respectively. Radio Frequency Engineers at Alcatel - Lucent do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($89K on average) at the company.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $192K per year for Licensed Lawyers; non-accredited workers make much less. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Information Systems Security Professional is rewarded with median pay of around $126K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS); Alcatel - Lucent awards $155K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill to have may be C; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $120K per year. A skill that is commonly seen around here is UNIX; one in seven deem it necessary for work. Many workers usually know Project Management, Linux, and Telecommunications as well.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Alcatel - Lucent lets only 31 percent take paid vacation and only 22 percent take sick leave. A large number of survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). The vast majority of workers receive health insurance, and most survey participants get dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and optional telecommute / work from home.