Electronics Engineer Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Electronics Engineers in the United States. People in this role can an average of earn $70,622 per year nationwide. Pay generally spreads from $44,987 to $103,264 per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and around two-thirds earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electronics Engineers. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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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Salary
$47,297 - $102,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,805  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $8,109  
Total Pay (?
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$44,987 - $103,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 782
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Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $39.08  
   
Overtime
$21.45 - $50.31  
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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 may enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Senior Electronics Design Engineer can offer an extra $29K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. Electronics Engineers can earn $27K or $3,566 more per year when they move into roles as Senior Electronics Engineers or Electronics Project Engineers, a common transition for those in the field.

Electronics Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Engineer

Though Northrop Grumman Corporation leads the field in terms of pay with a median salary of $76,381, employees there receive a range of salaries, from $67K on the low end all the way up to $130K.
U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $68,564. Lockheed Martin Corp and Northrop Grumman Corporation are other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $70,986 and $76,381.

Popular Skills for Electronics Engineer

Electronics Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, Matlab, VHDL, and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 15 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Labview and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronics Engineer

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For Electronics Engineers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, pay rises to approximately $77K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $88K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Electronics Engineers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$71,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Electronics Engineers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Huntsville, San Diego, San Jose, and Baltimore, where Electronics Engineers typically earn around 24 percent, 21 percent, 15 percent, and 6 percent more than usual. Salt Lake City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (-12 percent) and New York (-11 percent).

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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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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%