Bringing in the most money are Aviation Program Managers — their earnings average $125K per year. Senior Systems Engineers are a close second at around $107K along with Senior Software Engineers ($97K) and Mechanical Engineers (approximately $80K). Earning only about $69K on average, Financial Analysts make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $65K annually on average. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $81K per year. The greater proportion of employees (28 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $95K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $88K per year) can be spotted in San Diego, Calif.; Philadelphia, Pa. (around $87K), Dallas, Texas ($83K), and Salt Lake City, Utah (about $82K) are the next top-paying cities. At $68K, Waco, Texas is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of California, where they average to about $99K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Information Systems Security Professionals receive bigger paychecks ($122K per year) than those without credentials. Project Management Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $112K annually. The best paid folks at L-3 Communications have a Master of Arts (MA), earning around $191K per year.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $94K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at L-3 Communications is Microsoft Office, with approximately one in five considering it a key competency. Key skills also include Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Most employees allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. At L-3 Communications, most survey participants have health insurance, and a large number of workers have dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, life insurance, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.