Sales Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $119K annually on average; Senior Network Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to $96K, followed by Senior Software Engineers earning $81K and Finance Managers making around $81K. Level (3) Communications hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Network Operations Center Technicians (approximately $59K on average).
Years of Experience
Average pay is about $76K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $58K annually on average. The largest slice of the Level (3) Communications workforce (39 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $80K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $90K annually) can be spotted in Denver, Colo.; Boulder, Colo. ($83K), Mclean, Va. (around $81K), and Tulsa, Okla. (approximately $73K) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta, Ga. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging about $53K. Level (3) Communications workers in New York earn the most — approximately $100K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Cisco Certified Design Associates are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $109K annually. Becoming a CompTIA Network+ Expert can certainly pay off here; those folks make around $96K on average. Those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Level (3) Communications come out on top, and their salaries approach $90K per year.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Sales; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $105K annually. Folks here also tend to know Project Management; on the survey, around a seventh of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Relationship Management were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Level (3) Communications sponsors a 401(k) program, and most respondents use this option to save for their retirement. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of employees and dental coverage for nearly all respondents. Some other advantages of working at Level (3) Communications are a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a subsidized cell phone, and gym membership.