Directors of Operations are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $128K per year on average; Sales Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to around $116K, followed by Account Directors earning approximately $80K and Network Engineers making $80K. With salaries averaging $56K, Project Managers are among the lowest paid at Level (3) Communications.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $120K annually) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; Los Angeles, Calif. ($109K), Portland, Ore. ($101K), and Tulsa, Okla. (about $99K) are the next top-paying cities. At around $62K, Atlanta, Ga. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in Oklahoma, where salaries average out at approximately $99K per year.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $72K annually. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $59K per year on average. The largest slice of the Level (3) Communications workforce (32 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $91K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Cisco Certified Network Professionals earn approximately $120K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. On average, salaries rise to about $99K annually for accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professionals. It pays to have a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) at Level (3) Communications — these employees make the most at around $128K per year.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Cisco Networking; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $91K annually. Microsoft Excel is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; close to a seventh of Level (3) Communications' people use it regularly. Project Management, Data Analysis, and Customer Relationship Management round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Most respondents allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. For almost all workers, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of survey participants get dental coverage, too. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, a company cell phone, life insurance, and gym membership.