Average Salary for L-3 Communications Employees

New York City, N.Y.-based L-3 Communications hires for positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Electrical Engineer in the radio and television broadcasting and communications equipment. An average L-3 Communications employee can expect to make $75K per year. Though your city and your job title are influential salary factors for those at L-3 Communications, your experience level turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $63K annually. Average pay is $82K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Overall, the greater share of L-3 Communications folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average approximately $91K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $106K per year) can be spotted in San Diego, Calif.; Reston, Va. ($104K), Dallas, Texas (around $81K), and Waco, Texas ($77K) are the next top-paying cities. At around $59K, Cincinnati, Ohio is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Massachusetts offers the highest pay at approximately $127K annually.


Senior Electrical Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $110K per year — though Electrical Engineers, Senior Software Engineers, and Software Engineers also do fairly well at about $87K, $85K, and about $75K, respectively. Near the bottom at L-3 Communications are Test Engineers, pulling in an average of just around $69K.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach $124K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Project Management Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at approximately $96K per year. L-3 Communications compensates Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE)-holders the most at $131K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Program Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $124K per year. Microsoft Office is regularly seen around here; slightly less than a fifth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Employees also tend to know Engineering Design, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel.


Men make up the majority of employees who took the survey in a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Only 43 percent at L-3 Communications enjoy paid vacation time, and just 23 percent can take sick leave. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, L-3 Communications provides an optional 401(k) plan, and almost all respondents participate. A large number of employees have health insurance, and benefits for most employees also include dental insurance. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a stock purchase plan, and a casual working environment.

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Key Stats for L-3 Communications


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$45,611 - $87,460
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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