Broadcast Engineer Salary

The majority of Broadcast Engineers in the United States — over one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $36K to $93K per year, and the median is $60K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Broadcast Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$38,878 - $95,229
(Median)
$39K
$60K
$95K
MEDIAN: $60,395
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90%

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$14.88 - $38.16
(Median)
$15
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,878 - $95,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$36,260 - $92,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.88 - $38.16  
   
Overtime
$23.38 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$36,260 - $92,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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 typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Network Management / Administration, Electronic Troubleshooting, Satellite, Microwave Technology, and Information Technology (IT) Support are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Information Technology Support and Satellite, Microwave Technology also typically command lower compensation. Electronic Troubleshooting and Information Technology Support are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Broadcast Engineer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Broadcast Engineers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $46K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. Broadcast Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $69K.

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Experience Affects Broadcast Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 8%

National Average
$58,000


Satellite, Microwave Technology
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Video Editing
up arrow 40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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