Broadcast Engineer Salary

With a little over a half of Broadcast Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Broadcast Engineers is $59K per year and can range from $38K on the lower end to $93K per year near the higher end. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Broadcast Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,605 - $91,803
$39K
$59K
$92K
MEDIAN: $59,410
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$16.97 - $42.86
$17
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$43
MEDIAN: $26.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,605 - $91,803  
   
Bonus
$511 - $8,557  
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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$37,655 - $93,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.97 - $42.86  
   
Overtime
$23.96 - $74.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$511 - $8,557  
   
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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$37,655 - $93,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79

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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

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


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. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $66K.

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Key Stats for Broadcast Engineer

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Experienced
▲13%

▲12%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
▲36%

Systems Troubleshooting
▲31%

Network Management / Administration
▲7%

National Average
$59,000



Satellite, Microwave Technology
▼5%

Video Editing
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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