Broadcast Engineer Salary

Broadcast Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent over one-half of Broadcast Engineers. Salaries average out to around $63K per year and spread from $35K to $94K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Broadcast Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,772 - $95,958
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$96K
MEDIAN: $62,884
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90%

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$14.70 - $39.49
(Median)
$15
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,772 - $95,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,204  
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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$35,256 - $94,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $39.49  
   
Overtime
$23.89 - $70.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,204  
   
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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$35,256 - $94,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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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Survey takers who work as Broadcast Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Network Management / Administration, Information Technology Support, Electronic Troubleshooting, 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 Electronic Troubleshooting 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $75K.

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Experience Affects Broadcast Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 4%

National Average
$61,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
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Satellite, Microwave Technology
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Video Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%
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