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Broadcast Engineer Salary

Broadcast Engineers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than half of Broadcast Engineers. Pay fluctuates from $33K to $93K per year, but expected earnings average $59K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$35,366 - $94,084
(Median)
35K
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59K
77K
94K
MEDIAN: $58,833
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$14.32 - $39.22
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,366 - $94,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,973  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,737 - $92,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 170
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $39.22  
   
Overtime
$23.66 - $71.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,973  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,737 - $92,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Broadcast Engineer

Broadcast engineers work in broadcast media — traditionally television and radio — to help ensure these transmissions meet organizational standards at all times. The engineer works to monitor, maintain, and repair anything that can interfere with the transmission signal. Additionally, they help modulate volume and (in the case of visual media) the color palette. The engineer ensures that remote broadcasts — those that take place on location outside the studio, such as with news reporters on scene — are also received and broadcast seamlessly over the airwaves.

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Broadcast Engineer Tasks

  • Analyze and rectify technical faults.
  • Perform routing and monitoring multiple A/V feeds to and from company facilities.
  • Investigate new techniques and equipment.
  • Install, maintain, modify and repair multimedia hardware, software and other broadcast technology systems.
  • Set up and operate links for outside broadcasts.

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Broadcast Engineers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Network Management / Administration, Electronic Troubleshooting, Information Technology Support, and Satellite, Microwave Technology are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Satellite, Microwave Technology and Information Technology Support also typically command lower compensation. Employees educated in Electronic Troubleshooting are typically practiced in Information Technology Support, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Broadcast Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Broadcast Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $48K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $54K. On average, Broadcast Engineers make $66K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $70K.

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Experience Affects Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$58,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 9%

National Average
$58,000


Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 12%

Satellite, Microwave Technology
up arrow 14%

Video Editing
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%