Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Radio Frequency Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $80K annually. Overall cash earnings of Radio Frequency Engineers stretch from $51K near the bottom to $117K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,016 - $112,592

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$15.72 - $59.07

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,016 - $112,592  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,253  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $10,053  
Total Pay (?
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$50,688 - $117,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,246
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Hourly Rate
$15.72 - $59.07  
   
Overtime
$3.71 - $60.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,253  
   
Profit Sharing
$976 - $10,053  
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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$50,688 - $117,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Job Description for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

  • Conducts research that tests and analyzes design, operation, and performance of components and systems.
  • Designs, develops, and maintains radio frequency systems.
  • Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.
  • Performs bench tests and evaluates radio frequency systems.

Common Career Paths for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


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As Radio Frequency Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Design Engineering Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Design Engineering Managers earn $102K on average per year. A Radio Frequency Engineer may also move into a role as a Senior Electrical Engineer or a Radio Frequency Optimization Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Dominating the field, Ericsson Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility LLC, and Lockheed Martin Corp are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Radio Frequency Engineers. Although T-Mobile, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $90K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $46K or as much as $121K. Other big spenders include Verizon Wireless, Alcatel - Lucent, and AT&T Mobility LLC, top-paying firms where Radio Frequency Engineers see paychecks nearing $90K, $86K, or $85K.

The lowest salaries can be found at C Squared Systems — median pay is $52K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $42K and only reaching $66K. Sprint Nextel Corporation, AT&T Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $75K, $76K, and $76K.

Popular Skills for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Radio Frequency Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Satellite, Microwave Technology, Engineering Design, Simulation, and Visual Basic (VB) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Wireless Data Communications, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Test Engineering, Satellite, Microwave Technology, and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $70K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $84K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $98K. 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 $103K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Radio Frequency Engineers that is 33 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Radio Frequency Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Herndon (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), Plano (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 15 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Washington (7 percent lower) and Dallas (6 percent lower).

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer?

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer in Culver City:
Pros: -Variety of radio frequency system to learn. -Able to use different test equipment. -Interact with different electronic devices.
Cons: -Patience. -A lot of traveling.

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Experience Affects Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries




National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
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Simulation
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Microsoft Excel
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Wireless
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$81,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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