Broadcast Engineer Salary

Broadcast Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just over a half of Broadcast Engineers. Salaries average out to around $62K annually and spread from $35K to $94K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Broadcast Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,260 - $95,718

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$14.64 - $39.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,260 - $95,718  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,139  
Total Pay (?
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$34,927 - $94,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 220
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $39.03  
   
Overtime
$23.89 - $72.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,139  
   
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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$34,927 - $94,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Experience with Electronic Troubleshooting is often linked with knowledge of Information Technology Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Broadcast Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Broadcast Engineers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $74K.

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Experience Affects Broadcast Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 5%

National Average
$60,000



Satellite, Microwave Technology
up arrow 12%

Video Editing
up arrow 42%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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