When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $130K per year) can be spotted in Mountain View, Calif.; Austin, Texas (approximately $117K), Chicago, Ill. ($110K), and New Providence, N.J. ($100K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Naperville, Ill.; in fact, at $82K it is one of the worst-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in New York, where salaries average out at about $124K annually.
The highest average salaries go to Product Line Managers, who bring in close to $125K per year, though Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers are not far behind at about $122K along with Software Engineers ($105K) and Telecommunications Engineers ($91K). With salaries averaging around $83K, Program Project Managers are among the lowest paid at Alcatel - Lucent.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $99K annually. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $87K per year on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Alcatel - Lucent employees (40 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn approximately $111K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Lawyers earn about $192K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. On average, salaries rise to around $110K annually for accredited Certified Systems Engineering Professionals. Regarding salaries and education, Alcatel - Lucent pays those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) the most — $189K.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Product Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $124K per year. UNIX is a popular skill among Alcatel - Lucent workers, with just under one-fifth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Project Management, Java, and Linux.
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
Most employees report contributing to a 401(k). The vast majority of respondents can count on health insurance, and most workers have dental coverage as a benefit. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.