Electronics Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electronics Engineers earn an average of $72K per year. Overall cash earnings for Electronics Engineers vary widely between $46K and $107K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $8K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Electronics Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$47,513 - $105,422
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$48K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,353
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$12.91 - $40.13
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$13
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,513 - $105,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,114  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$45,838 - $106,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 890
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Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $40.13  
   
Overtime
$23.22 - $61.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,114  
   
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $8,000  
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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$45,838 - $106,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Electronics Design Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $100K annually. A common career progression for an Electronics Engineer is to become a Senior Electronics Engineer or a Senior Electrical Engineer. Compared to Electronics Engineers, the first group earns $26K more on average, and the second group earns $23K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Engineer


Dominating the field, Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Lockheed Martin Corp are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Electronics Engineers. For Electronics Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Army; in fact, median earnings sit around $91K, the highest in the area.

With a median salary of only $69K, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $54K to $105K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Electronics Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Field-Programmable Gate Array, Test Engineering, and Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronics Engineer

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


Electronics Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $77K. Electronics Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $91K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $98K.

Pay Difference by Location


Austin is home to an above-average pay rate for Electronics Engineers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Electronics Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+22 percent), Huntsville (+20 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), and Baltimore (+4 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Electronics Engineers in Ogden earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Employers in New York and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Electronics Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as an Electronics Engineer?

Electronics Engineer in Oklahoma City:
"Electronics Engineer."
Pros: We work on everything from hardware to software. The tasks change greatly over time. This keeps things interesting.
Cons: I have to write and review documentation.

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Experience Affects Electronics Engineer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Electronics Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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Test Engineering
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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C++
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$72,000

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Windows Operating System General Use
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Labview
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 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
17%
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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