Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Radio Frequency Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $80K per year nationwide. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Radio Frequency Engineers generally range from $51K to $117K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Job satisfaction for Radio Frequency Engineers is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$53,209 - $112,786
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$53K
$80K
$110K
MEDIAN: $79,629
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$15.72 - $59.07
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$16
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,209 - $112,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,242  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $10,088  
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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$50,862 - $117,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,234
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.72 - $59.07  
   
Overtime
$3.67 - $61.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,242  
   
Profit Sharing
$972 - $10,088  
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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$50,862 - $117,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Ericsson Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility LLC, and Lockheed Martin Corp are top-notch employers for Radio Frequency Engineers in this area. Radio Frequency Engineers flock to T-Mobile, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $90K lead the pack in compensation; however, T-Mobile, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $46K at one end to $121K at the other end. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Verizon Wireless, Alcatel - Lucent, and AT&T Mobility LLC, where Radio Frequency Engineers typically earn around $90K, $86K, or $85K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $52K, C Squared Systems easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 73 percent lower than the top payer. Also approaching the lower end are Sprint Nextel Corporation at $75K, AT&T Inc. at $76K, and Lockheed Martin Corp at $76K.

Popular Skills for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Radio Frequency Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Satellite, Microwave Technology, Engineering Design, Simulation, and Visual Basic are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Wireless Data Communications. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in 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.


Radio Frequency Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $70K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radio Frequency Engineers make a median salary of $98K. Radio Frequency Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $103K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Radio Frequency Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Radio Frequency Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+14 percent), Plano (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Boulder (+10 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Washington 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
$80,000


Skills That Affect Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
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Simulation
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Matlab
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Project Management
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Wireless
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$80,000

Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
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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