Average Salary for L-3 Communications Employees

New York City, N.Y.-based L-3 Communications hires for positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Software Engineer in the radio and television broadcasting and communications equipment. Compensation for L-3 Communications employees is around $76K per year on average. Your experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for L-3 Communications workers, followed by geography and your job title. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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About This Company

New York City, New York 10016


Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment, Aerospace Engineering

L3 Communications, L3 Technology, Inc.

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Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $82K annually. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $64K per year on average. The largest fraction of L-3 Communications people (29 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn about $90K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($104K per year) can be spotted in Reston, Va.; San Diego, Calif. (approximately $104K), Waco, Texas (around $83K), and Dallas, Texas ($80K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at around $59K) is Cincinnati, Ohio. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of about $124K annually) in Massachusetts.


Senior Electrical Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $108K per year; Electrical Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $88K, while Senior Software Engineers and Senior Mechanical Engineers rank near the top as well (approximately $85K and $75K, respectively). On the lower end are Test Engineers at approximately $69K on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Information Systems Security Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $123K annually. Earning a Project Management Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of $93K per year on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE); L-3 Communications awards around $131K to these degree-holders.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Program Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $125K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at L-3 Communications is Microsoft Office, with just under one in five considering it a key competency. Many workers are also familiar with Engineering Design, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel.


L-3 Communications' 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

L-3 Communications lets only 42 percent take paid vacation and only 23 percent take sick leave. The vast majority of respondents save for retirement through L-3 Communications' 401(k) plan. A large number of respondents can count on health insurance, and a large number of employees have dental coverage as a benefit. Employees can also look forward to life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, and a casual working environment.

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Key Stats for L-3 Communications


19 %
81 %
$44,797 - $87,132
$54,605 - $110,524
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

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