Light Reading

Are You Earning as Much as Your Peers?

Sarah Thomas
7/24/2014
50%
50%

Do you ever wonder what sort of pay check the guy in the next cube is taking home each month? Or how many figures separate you from your boss?

Wonder no more! As part of Light Reading's annual Salary Survey, nearly 1,200 telecom professionals, including more than 320 service provider staff, told us how much they make, how they feel about it, and what their prospects are for the future.

This is the fourth year we've completed the survey, and it's consistently been a good way to get a feel for what's really going in the industry.

But, back to the numbers… Of our respondents, 55% make more than $100,000 per year. For those that work at Tier 1 service providers, a large part of Light Reading's audience, 52% make more than $100,000, and 35% fall between $90,000 to $120,000, down somewhat from the 41% who made as much last year, but in line with 2011 numbers.

Even better news for this well-paid bunch? Sixty percent of respondents are expecting to make more money this year than they did last year, and 30% thought it would be a bump of more than 5%. Compared to last year when 56% of respondents thought their pay would be the same, it's clear the industry is on the right path.

The Salary Survey wasn't solely focused on dollars and cents though. We also asked about new technologies like SDN, NFV, and LTE, which companies those in the industry admire, headcount changes, satisfaction levels, and a lot more. You can find the full results in our 2014 Salary Survey report here.

Check it out to see how you compare, and feel free to weigh in on the comments section with your perception of the telecom industry and your expectations for next year.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(6)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/31/2014 | 6:11:46 AM
Income Surveys Are Of Much Importance
You may be curious to learn what the person tin the next office earns and whether what you earn is geed enough or not. People always want to know whether they are the only ones earning the bracket of money they get every month. Well, the surveys carried out in different departments for employees in different fields help in a number of ways. They give percentages of people who earn whiting a certain bracket of a certain amount. These helps employees be aware of where they lie and also helps employers consider increasing their employees' salaries and so on. These surveys also help the government make certain necessary decisions.
keith2237
50%
50%
keith2237,
User Rank: Light Beer
7/24/2014 | 3:32:38 PM
Where are the results?
So, where are the results? The only links I see are for this story and a short video.
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/24/2014 | 1:43:16 PM
Re: Are the numbers surprising?
I know s/o in It who is earning close to 30% less now than he did before 2010. He doesn't find the market so strong. He's interviewing but finds some salarie even lower than at the place he's been for a few years now with only the tiniest of raises.
Ray@LR
50%
50%
Ray@LR,
User Rank: Blogger
7/24/2014 | 7:53:28 AM
Are the numbers surprising?
Do these numbers -- 55% making $100k+ and 6% taking home more than $200k -- come as a surprise? 
More Blogs from Que Sera Sarah
As president of Partner Solutions for AT&T, McCorcle has helped transform how the organization works with enterprises, but also how it advocates for women in the industry.
Streaming video company says both new moms and dad can take unlimited parental leave, up to one year, without sacrificing pay.
T-Mobile was the big winner in the second quarter, as it surpassed Sprint in total subscribers, captured the postpaid phone growth and improved its financials.
Styf, Telecom Italia's VP of engineering and de facto 'idea woman,' shares her experiences as a woman in comms and advice for other women in the industry.
Carrier deploys 12 small cells in Chicago's Grant Park to prepare for the more than 124 terrabytes of mobile usage expected at this weekend's Lollapooloza.
From The Founder
Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
LRTV Custom TV
Global Services Forum Preview

8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
The Netformx Ecosystem

8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
LRTV Custom TV
Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
LRTV Custom TV
End-User or Enterprise Benefits to the New IP

7|30|15   |   04:27   |   (1) comment


Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
LRTV Custom TV
Network Visibility & the New IP

7|30|15   |   02:23   |   (0) comments


Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Basil Alwan, Alcatel-Lucent

7|24|15   |   26:44   |   (5) comments


Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
Hot Topics
Verizon Hums a Driving Tune
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/26/2015
Gogo Approved to Speed Up In-Flight WiFi
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/24/2015
Could Market Volatility Hurt Tech IPOs?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/24/2015
Fact-Checking the Future of 'Silence Like Diamonds'
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 8/21/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about data center, cloud and the impact of virtualization in the coming years.
They say there's no such thing as a stupid question, but I probably sail pretty close to the wind in some of my interviews for LR. But then that's one of the things I ...
Cats with Phones
Cats & Boxes: A Love Affair Click Here