Broadcast Engineer Salary

The majority of Broadcast Engineers in the United States — nearly one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $38K to $90K per year, and the median is $59K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Broadcast Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,392 - $88,131
$38K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $58,640
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50%
90%

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$17.41 - $43.09
$17
$27
$43
MEDIAN: $27.48
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$0$89K
Salary $38,392 - $88,131
Bonus $961 - $8,759
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$37,938 - $89,992
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 201
Hourly Data $0$74
Hourly Rate $17.41 - $43.09
Overtime $22.78 - $74.41
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $961 - $8,759
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$37,938 - $89,992
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 76

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Broadcast Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Broadcast Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Broadcast Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 98 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Broadcast Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Broadcast Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 88 salaries. A Broadcast Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 74 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,844

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Broadcast Engineers, 36 percent higher than the national average. Broadcast Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+34 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Jefferson City Broadcast Engineers earning much less — 36 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Sacramento and Boston (32 percent lower).

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Q: What is it like working as a Broadcast Engineer?

Broadcast Engineer in Boston:
"Broadcast Engineer."
Pros: The technology and challenging projects.
Cons: My Boss is a micro manager.

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Key Stats for Broadcast Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Broadcast Engineer Salaries

▲13%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$59,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
▲37%

Systems Troubleshooting
▲32%

Network Management / Administration
▲7%

National Average
$59,000



Satellite, Microwave Technology
▼4%

Video Editing
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 13%
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