Average Salary for L-3 Communications Employees

Headquartered in New York City, N.Y., L-3 Communications offers a range of employment opportunities in the radio and television broadcasting and communications equipment, from Software Engineer to Electrical Engineer. Compensation for L-3 Communications employees is around $76K per year on average. Though your experience level and where you live are influential salary factors for those at L-3 Communications, your job title turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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L-3 Communications typically pays:
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Employer: L-3 Communications
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[-]Electrical Engineer (14)
$60,580 - $130,500  
[-]Electrical Engineer (14)
Salary$60,546 - $130,500  
Bonus$688 - $11,275  
Total Pay$60,580 - $130,500  
[+]Software Engineer (14)
$63,636 - $145,750  
[+]Software Engineer (14)
Salary$66,007 - $161,435  
Bonus$355.36 - $8,553  
Total Pay$63,636 - $145,750  
[+]Senior Mechanical Engineer (10)
$61,812 - $110,102  
[+]Senior Mechanical Engineer (10)
Salary$61,812 - $109,401  
Bonus$347.00 - $5,414  
Total Pay$61,812 - $110,102  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (10)
$55,369 - $110,256  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (10)
Salary$55,369 - $110,256  
Total Pay$55,369 - $110,256  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 491

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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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Aviation Program Managers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing approximately $127K annually on average; Senior Electrical Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to about $112K, followed by Electrical Engineers earning $87K and Software Engineers making around $80K. Mechanical Engineers make an average $67K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $80K per year. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $64K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $90K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($104K annually) can be spotted in Reston, Va.; San Diego, Calif. (around $98K), Waco, Texas ($86K), and Dallas, Texas (approximately $79K) are the next top-paying cities. Cincinnati, Ohio is near the bottom for pay at around $59K. L-3 Communications workers in Massachusetts earn the most — $117K per year 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 about $124K annually. On average, salaries rise to approximately $114K per year for accredited Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers. Regarding salaries and education, L-3 Communications pays those with a Master of Science (MS), Business Management the most — $171K.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Program Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $138K annually. A relatively widespread skill at L-3 Communications is Microsoft Office; just under one-fifth of employees use it for work. Many workers usually know Engineering Design, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel as well.


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

Only two-fifths of survey participants at L-3 Communications enjoy paid vacation time, and just a fifth of respondents can take sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and the vast majority of workers use it to save for retirement. Most respondents can count on health insurance, and a large number of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Other privileges include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats for L-3 Communications


20 %
80 %
$48,188 - $90,415
$55,804 - $111,060
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
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