Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $82K per year. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $63K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of L-3 Communications employees (28 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn approximately $93K per year on average.
The highest average salaries go to Senior Software Engineers, who bring in close to $97K annually, though Program Project Managers are not far behind at $96K along with Mechanical Engineers ($77K) and Senior Mechanical Engineers (around $77K). Near the bottom at L-3 Communications are Financial Analysts, pulling in an average of just $58K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $98K per year) can be spotted in Reston, Va.; San Diego, Calif. (about $89K), Dallas, Texas ($82K), and Salt Lake City, Utah ($74K) are the next top-paying cities. At around $67K, Tulsa, Okla. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. L-3 Communications workers in California earn the most — approximately $100K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach about $124K per year for Certified Information Systems Security Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Becoming a Project Management Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make $112K on average. At L-3 Communications, employees who hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) receive the highest salaries at $148K.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Program Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $136K annually. Microsoft Office also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly less than a fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Project Management were also reported by many survey participants.
The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
L-3 Communications lets only 42 percent take paid vacation and only 22 percent take sick leave. Almost all workers report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance is part of the package for most employees, and for most workers, dental coverage is too. Other privileges include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, and a casual working environment.