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Electronics Engineer Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Electronics Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $71K annually. In the world of Electronics Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $45K and $105K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $8K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Electronics Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Electronics Engineer Salary (?
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$47,328 - $103,971
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MEDIAN: $71,195
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Electronics Engineer Salary (?
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$12.27 - $38.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,328 - $103,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,450  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $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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$44,815 - $104,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 796
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.27 - $38.30  
   
Overtime
$22.63 - $51.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,450  
   
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $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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$44,815 - $104,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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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For Electronics Engineers, career progression to a Senior Electronics Design Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Senior Electronics Design Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $100K annually. 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 the median salary comes to $79K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($67K) and those starting out ($128K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.
Offering a median of only $69K, U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $54K on the lower end and $109K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Electronics Engineer

Survey results imply that Electronics Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Field-Programmable Gate Array, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Labview and Microsoft Word. 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $61K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $88K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $98K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Electronics Engineers that is 30 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Electronics Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Huntsville (+24 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Baltimore (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Ogden Electronics Engineers earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (20 percent lower) and New York (15 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Electronics Engineer Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Electronics Engineer Salaries

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

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Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 11%