Sales Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing around $119K per year on average; Senior Network Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to about $96K, followed by Senior Software Engineers earning approximately $81K and Finance Managers making $81K. Near the bottom at Level (3) Communications are Network Operations Center Technicians, pulling in an average of just $59K.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $58K annually. Survey participants who have worked at Level (3) Communications for between five and 10 years earn about $76K per year on average. Overall, the greater share of Level (3) Communications folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average around $80K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($90K per year) can be spotted in Denver, Colo.; Boulder, Colo. ($83K), Mclean, Va. (approximately $81K), and Tulsa, Okla. ($73K) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta, Ga. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging about $53K. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in New York, where the average salary is $100K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Cisco Certified Design Associates, who make $109K per year. Becoming a CompTIA Network+ Expert can certainly pay off here; those folks make approximately $96K on average. Those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Level (3) Communications come out on top, and their salaries approach around $90K annually.
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 per year. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; close to a seventh of Level (3) Communications' people use it regularly. Many workers are also familiar with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Relationship Management.
Benefits and Perks
To plan for old age, a large number of respondents maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the vast majority of workers, and almost all respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Other privileges include a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a company cell phone, and gym membership.