Aviation Program Managers earn the highest median pay at $122K annually, followed by Senior Systems Engineers (approximately $107K), Senior Mechanical Engineers (about $85K), and Software Engineers ($78K). Financial compensation for Financial Analysts is rather low — on average only around $63K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $82K per year. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make approximately $66K annually on average. The largest slice of the L-3 Communications workforce (28 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, about $93K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($94K annually) can be spotted in San Diego, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah ($83K), Waco, Texas (around $82K), and Dallas, Texas ($81K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Tulsa, Okla. at $67K. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Massachusetts, where they average to $99K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Project Management Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $114K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Becoming a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $111K on average. Regarding salaries and education, L-3 Communications pays those with a Master of Arts (MA) the most — $191K.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of approximately $101K per year. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill in the L-3 Communications workforce; slightly less than one-fifth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
L-3 Communications lets only two-fifths of workers take paid vacation and only one in five workers take sick leave. A large number of respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Most workers receive health insurance, and most employees get dental coverage. Privileges also include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a stock purchase plan, and a casual working environment.