Nearing the top of the pay scale are Directors of Operations, Sales Engineers, Network Engineers, and Outside Plant Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at around $128K annually, the other salaries come in at $97K, about $88K, and approximately $84K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at Level (3) Communications are Project Managers — the median salary for this role approaches $56K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($120K per year) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; Tulsa, Okla. ($98K), Denver, Colo. (about $97K), and Los Angeles, Calif. ($86K) are the next top-paying cities. Phoenix, Ariz. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $61K. By state, Level (3) Communications pays its Virginia employees the most; the pay rate there is approximately $110K annually.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $59K per year on average. Survey participants who have worked at Level (3) Communications for between five and 10 years earn $73K annually on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (36 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make about $93K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Cisco Certified Network Professionals receive bigger paychecks (approximately $120K annually) than those without credentials. Those with a Master of Science (MS) at Level (3) Communications come out on top, and their salaries approach around $110K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Cisco Networking; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $94K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Level (3) Communications is Project Management, with close to one-sixth considering it a key competency. Microsoft Excel, Account Management, and Microsoft Office are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Most workers report contributing to a 401(k). Almost all employees can count on health insurance, and a large number of employees have dental coverage as a benefit. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, a subsidized cell phone, gym membership, and life insurance.