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Electronics Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electronics Engineers earn an average of $72K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $8K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $46K and hits $105K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Electronics Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,289 - $104,041
(Median)
$48K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,155
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50%
90%

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$12.60 - $39.58
(Median)
$13
$26
$40
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,289 - $104,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,919  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $8,054  
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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$45,924 - $105,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 855
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $39.58  
   
Overtime
$22.17 - $56.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,919  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $8,054  
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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$45,924 - $105,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Electronics Design Engineer, where median compensation is $100K annually. When Electronics Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Electronics Engineers or Senior Electrical Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $26K and $23K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Engineer


Electronics Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin Corp, and U.S. Army. U.S. Department of Defense offers the best pay with a median salary of $85K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $65K and maxing out at just $113K.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $69K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $54K to $108K.

Popular Skills for Electronics Engineer


Electronics Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Field-Programmable Gate Array, Test Engineering, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 16 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and Labview. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronics Engineer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Electronics Engineers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $62K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $77K. Electronics Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $90K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $98K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Austin offers some of the highest pay in the country for Electronics Engineers, 32 percent above the national average. Electronics Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+22 percent), Huntsville (+22 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Electronics Engineers is geography, with workers in Ogden earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are New York (20 percent less) and Orlando (11 percent less).

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Experience Affects Electronics Engineer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Electronics Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 23%

Test Engineering
up arrow 16%

Matlab
up arrow 8%

up arrow 8%


Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$72,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

C
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Labview
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%
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