Broadcast Engineers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than half of Broadcast Engineers. Pay fluctuates from $38K to $94K per year, but expected earnings average $60K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Broadcast Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,932 - $93,304
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$39K
$60K
$93K
MEDIAN: $59,883
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90%

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$16.04 - $44.70
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$16
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$45
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,932 - $93,304  
   
Bonus
$961 - $8,700  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$37,853 - $93,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.04 - $44.70  
   
Overtime
$23.39 - $74.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$961 - $8,700  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$37,853 - $93,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Broadcast Engineer

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


Broadcast Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $59K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

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Experience Affects Broadcast Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
up arrow 36%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 6%

Satellite, Microwave Technology
up arrow 2%

National Average
$59,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 3%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Video Editing
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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