Electronics Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electronics Engineers earn an average of $72K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $8K, total cash payment to Electronics Engineers can bottom out at $46K or peak near $107K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electronics Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,615 - $105,020

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$13.83 - $39.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,615 - $105,020  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,015  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$46,111 - $106,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 905
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Hourly Rate
$13.83 - $39.97  
   
Overtime
$21.64 - $60.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,015  
   
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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$46,111 - $106,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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. Typical career progression for an Electronics Engineer involves becoming a Senior Electronics Engineer or a Senior Electrical Engineer, roles that pay $26K more and $23K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Engineer


Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Lockheed Martin Corp are among the top companies that take on many Electronics Engineers. U.S. Army attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $91K.

Offering a median salary of only $69K, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $54K to $105K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Electronics Engineer


Electronics Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Field-Programmable Gate Array, Test Engineering, and VHDL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are also skilled in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $91K. 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 $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Electronics Engineers, working in the bustling city of Austin has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Electronics Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Huntsville (+21 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and San Jose (+9 percent). Electronics Engineers in Ogden make 24 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in New York and Orlando (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 Excel
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C++
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Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$72,000

Windows Operating System General Use
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C
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Labview
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Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 156 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
13%

Common Health Benefits

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