Electronics Engineer Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Electronics Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $70,622 per year. Compensation generally starts at $44,987 and does not exceed $103,264 per year. Overall cash earnings for Electronics Engineers stretch from $47,297 on the lower end to $102,653 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $7,805 from bonuses and $8,109 from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. For the most part, Electronics Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Electronics Engineer Salary (?
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$47,297 - $102,653
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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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 782
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$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  
PayScale
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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As Electronics Engineers transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Senior Electronics Design Engineer may earn an extra $29K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. Electronics Engineers moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Senior Electronics Engineers or Electronics Project Engineers, where paychecks increase by $27K or $3,566 per year.

Electronics Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Engineer

Although Northrop Grumman Corporation boasts the highest average salary in town at $76,381, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $67K or as much as $130K.
While select U.S. Air Force (USAF) employees may bring in up to $108,921, a median salary of only $68,564—the lowest in the field—suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. Lockheed Martin Corp and Northrop Grumman Corporation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $70,986 and $76,381.

Popular Skills for Electronics Engineer

Electronics Engineers report using 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Labview and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronics Engineer

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In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Starting out, salaries fall in the $61K range but grow to $77K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $88K. Electronics Engineers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$71,000
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For Electronics Engineers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Electronics Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Huntsville (+24 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), San Jose (+15 percent), and Baltimore (+6 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, Salt Lake City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include 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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$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%
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