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Average Salary for L-3 Communications Employees

Operating out of New York City, New York, radio and television broadcasting and communications equipment company L-3 Communications employs talent in positions ranging from Software Engineer to Electrical Engineer. The average L-3 Communications employee earns $76K per year. L-3 Communications paychecks are largely negotiated based on your job title, though your experience level and geography are also considered. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.

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L-3 Communications typically pays:
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Employer: L-3 Communications
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[-]Software Engineer (16)
$64,595 - $127,661  
[-]Software Engineer (16)
Salary$67,010 - $128,802  
Bonus$486.21 - $10,380  
Total Pay$64,595 - $127,661  
[+]Electrical Engineer (14)
$60,166 - $135,000  
[+]Electrical Engineer (14)
Salary$60,166 - $135,000  
Bonus$4.35 - $1,733  
Total Pay$60,166 - $135,000  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (8)
$67,068 - $135,778  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (8)
Salary$67,087 - $134,566  
Bonus$328.93 - $6,554  
Total Pay$67,068 - $135,778  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (8)
$46,440 - $96,754  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (8)
Salary$47,973 - $96,284  
Bonus$249.09 - $3,900  
Total Pay$46,440 - $96,754  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 453
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L-3 Communications Details


New York City, New York 10016

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Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment, Aerospace Engineering

Also Known As:

L3 Communications, L3 Technology, Inc.
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Bringing in the most money are Aviation Program Managers — their earnings average about $117K. Senior Software Engineers are a close second at around $94K along with Electrical Engineers ($91K) and Senior Systems Engineers ($91K). At approximately $63K, Mechanical Engineers are among the lowest paid at L-3 Communications.

Years of Experience

A tenure of five to ten years results in average pay of $81K. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $62K. By and large, the biggest segment of L-3 Communications' workforce (27 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and take home $91K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($108K per year) can be spotted in Reston; Waco (around $98K), San Diego (approximately $98K), and Dallas ($78K) are the next top-paying cities. At $58K, Cincinnati is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Massachusetts, where the average salary is approximately $105K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Public Accountant s are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $111K. Earning a Project Management Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of around $110K per year. At L-3 Communications, employees who hold a Master of Science (MS), Business Management receive the highest salaries at about $164K.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Project Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $104K. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among L-3 Communications workers, with slightly less than one-fifth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Many workers are also familiar with Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and C++.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 43 percent receiving paid vacation and 22 percent receiving paid sick days. To plan for old age, almost all employees maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for a strong majority of workers and dental coverage for the greater part of workers. Perks also include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, and a casual working environment.

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Popular Perks
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81 %

male alumni
$44,106 - $87,634
$57,501 - $114,562

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

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