Broadcast Engineer Salary

Broadcast Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $34K to $93K per year, median earnings come to $61K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Broadcast Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,503 - $93,918
(Median)
$39K
$61K
$94K
MEDIAN: $60,505
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$14.85 - $39.95
(Median)
$15
$26
$40
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,503 - $93,918  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,919  
Total Pay (?
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$34,063 - $93,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $39.95  
   
Overtime
$23.89 - $70.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,919  
   
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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$34,063 - $93,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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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 note just a narrow range of job 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. Electronic Troubleshooting and Information Technology Support are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Broadcast Engineer

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


Broadcast Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $49K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $56K. Broadcast Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. 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 $73K.

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Experience Affects Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$59,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 7%

National Average
$59,000


Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 13%

Satellite, Microwave Technology
up arrow 16%

Video Editing
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%