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Working As A Senior Communications Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Communications Engineer Do

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Duties

Computer network architects typically do the following:

  • Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
  • Present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them
  • Consider information security when designing networks
  • Upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks
  • Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future

Computer network architects, or network engineers, often work with their organization’s chief technology officer (CTO) to predict where the organization will most need new networks. They spend most of their time planning these new networks. Some computer network architects work with engineers such as computer hardware engineers who help build the network a network architect has designed. Network architects are often experienced staff and have 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or with other information technology (IT) systems.

Computer network architects also create models to predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. They also keep up to date on new hardware and software technology and test how it can improve network performance. In addition, computer network architects have to keep security in mind and when network vulnerabilities arise, implement security patches or other countermeasures.

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Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and experience in a related occupation, such as network and computer systems administrators.

Education

Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field. Degree programs in a computer-related field give network architects hands-on laboratory work in classes such as network security or database design. These programs prepare network architects to be able to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. MBA programs generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Network architects generally need to have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. They often have experience as a network and computer system administrator but also may come from other computer-related occupations such as database administrator or computer systems analyst.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by product vendors or software firms. Vendor-specific certification verifies a set of skills to ensure network architects are able to work in specific networking environments. Companies may require their network architects to be certified in the products they use.

Advancement

Some network architects advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must be able to work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers who build the networks they have designed, such as computer hardware engineers.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together.

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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$62,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$122,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Intuit
Highest Paying City
Los Gatos, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Senior Communications Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Communications Engineer in the United States is $87,595 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $62,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $122,000.

Real Senior Communications Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Engineer-Unified Communications Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Austin, TX Apr 09, 2016 $135,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications, Ltd. Houston, TX Aug 25, 2015 $130,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications, Ltd. Houston, TX Sep 14, 2016 $130,000
Senior Communications Engineer McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States New York, NY Jul 01, 2014 $129,561
Senior Unified Communications Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, LLC. Iselin, NJ Nov 14, 2016 $125,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications, Ltd. Houston, TX Feb 24, 2014 $125,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications, Ltd. Houston, TX Sep 03, 2014 $125,000
Senior Unified Communications Support Engineer Fidelus Technologies, LLC New York, NY Feb 12, 2015 $117,624
Senior Communications Engineer McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States New York, NY Nov 29, 2016 $116,300
SR. Unified Communications Engineer CDW, LLC Seattle, WA Feb 01, 2012 $110,000
Senior Communication Service Engineer Intuit Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 17, 2013 $108,500
Senior Communication Services Engineer Intuit Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 17, 2016 $105,060 -
$170,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications Ltd. Houston, TX Mar 01, 2013 $105,000
Senior Unified Communication Engineer The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Tampa, FL Aug 27, 2012 $102,000
Senior Unified Communications Engineer ACBB-Bits, LLC. Newark, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $100,632
Senior Unified Communication Engineer The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Coppell, TX Mar 17, 2014 $100,000
SR. Print Communications Engineer Financial Engines, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 21, 2011 $96,121
Senior Communications Engineer RF DSP, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 04, 2015 $95,000 -
$110,000
Senior Communications Engineer Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 08, 2014 $92,747
SR. Unified Communications Engineer HCA Management Services LP Nashville, TN Jun 16, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Senior Wireless Communications Engineer RF DSP, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 04, 2014 $90,000 -
$110,000
Senior Wireless Communications Engineer RF DSP, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 18, 2014 $90,000 -
$110,000
SR. Unified Communications Engineer HCA Management Services LP Nashville, TN Jul 01, 2013 $90,000 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Communications Engineer

  1. Infrastructure
  2. IP Phones Telephony
  3. UC
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  • Developed and managed enterprise facility integration for the Core Network Infrastructure Team of architects and engineers through mergers and acquisitions.
  • Generated tools and technical documents on product functionality, troubleshooting and applications for Internal/External customers.
  • Engineer, provision, install, test, turn-up and maintain T1, T3 facilities and VOIP platform.
  • Provided technical analyses, decision support briefings/discussions and assisted team members in real-time troubleshooting of technical issues.
  • Managed UC Upgrade Project to upgrade CUCM, Unity Connection, UCCX, from 7.1 to 9.1.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Communications Engineers

  1. Maryland
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Virginia
  4. California
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Texas
  8. Rhode Island
  9. New Mexico
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Senior Communications Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.2%

Female

9.1%

Unknown

7.7%
Ethnicity

White

53.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Asian

12.2%

Black or African American

11.5%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

87.5%

German

12.5%

Senior Communications Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

George Washington University

9.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

Colorado Technical University

6.1%

Northeastern University

6.1%

More Tech Institute

6.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.5%

DePaul University

4.5%

Lipscomb University

4.5%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

University of Alabama

3.0%

Central Texas College

3.0%

College of DuPage

3.0%

University of Kentucky

3.0%

Sinclair Community College

3.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.0%

Webster University

3.0%

Vanderbilt University

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

26.8%

Computer Science

15.8%

Business

8.6%

Information Technology

6.2%

Computer Networking

5.7%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.8%

Engineering

3.8%

Project Management

3.3%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Management

2.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

General Studies

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Engineering Technology

1.0%

Finance

1.0%

Photography

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.0%

Masters

26.5%

Other

22.5%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

4.0%

Diploma

0.8%
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