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Electronics Engineer Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Electronics Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $71K per year nationwide. Incomes of Electronics Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $8K cause paychecks to spread between $45K on the low end and $103K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though experience level and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Electronics Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Electronics Engineer Salary (?
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$47,297 - $102,653
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MEDIAN: $71,331
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Electronics Engineer Salary (?
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$12.21 - $39.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,297 - $102,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,805  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $8,109  
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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$44,987 - $103,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 782
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $39.08  
   
Overtime
$21.45 - $50.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,805  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $8,109  
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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$44,987 - $103,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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Job Description for Electronics Engineer

From the toaster and radio to the cellular phone and GPS satellite, the use of electronics has permeated every facet of the developed world. The ongoing operation of the modern society requires that electronic devices be continually designed, redesigned, maintained and comprehended. Electrical engineering is a broad specialization of the engineering discipline that pertains to the various practical aspects of electronic systems. Degreed and certified electrical engineers are called upon to design a wide field of hardware and software, provide technical support, inspect electronic equipment for efficient operation and compliance with safety codes, and to prepare documentation regarding technical details of electronic equipment.
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Electronics Engineer Tasks
  • Inspects electronic equipment to ensure compliance with specification or safety codes.
  • Provides technical support or training to staff or customers regarding electronic equipment.
  • Designs electronic components, software, and other electronic products or systems.
  • Prepares documentation and other information for electronic equipment.

Common Career Paths for Electronics Engineer

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Electronics Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Electronics Design Engineer. Senior Electronics Design Engineers bring home $100K per year on average. A common career progression for an Electronics Engineer is to become a Senior Electronics Engineer or a Electronics Project Engineer. Compared to Electronics Engineers, the first group earns $27K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

Electronics Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Engineer

Electronics Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where typical salaries come to $76K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($67K) and those starting out ($130K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.
The smallest paychecks can be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF) — the median salary there is $69K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $54K and $109K. Lockheed Martin Corp is another employer with a reputation for below-average pay.

Popular Skills for Electronics Engineer

Survey results imply that Electronics Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, Matlab, VHDL, and Field-Programmable Gate Array are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 15 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Labview and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronics Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Electronics Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $77K. Electronics Engineers bring in $88K after working for 10 to 20 years. Electronics Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $96K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to a tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around one in eight.

Pay Difference By Location

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$71,000
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For those looking to make money, Electronics Engineers in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Electronics Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Huntsville (+24 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), San Jose (+15 percent), and Baltimore (+6 percent). Salt Lake City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (12 percent lower) and New York (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Electronics Engineer Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Electronics Engineer Salaries

Matlab
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Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
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Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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Project Management
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C++
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National Average
$71,000
Electronic Troubleshooting
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C
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%