Nearing the top of the pay scale are Directors of Operations, Sales Engineers, Outside Plant Engineers, and Network Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at around $128K per year, the other salaries come in at $99K, approximately $84K, and about $82K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at Level (3) Communications are Account Managers — the median salary for this role approaches $64K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($120K annually) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; Tulsa, Okla. ($99K), Denver, Colo. (about $94K), and Los Angeles, Calif. ($86K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Phoenix, Ariz.; in fact, at approximately $61K it is one of the worst-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of New York; salaries there average to $108K per year.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $59K annually. Survey participants who have worked at Level (3) Communications for between five and 10 years earn approximately $71K per year on average. The largest fraction of Level (3) Communications people (34 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn $92K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach about $120K per year for Cisco Certified Network Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE); Level (3) Communications awards $128K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Cisco Networking; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $85K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Level (3) Communications is Microsoft Excel; nearly one in seven of employees use it for work. Key skills also include Project Management, Data Analysis, and Customer Relationship Management.
Benefits and Perks
Most respondents allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of workers, and for a large number of employees, dental coverage is too. Level (3) Communications also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, a company cell phone, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.