Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Radio Frequency Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $80K per year. Overall cash earnings of Radio Frequency Engineers stretch from $51K near the bottom to $120K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $11K each from bonuses and profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Radio Frequency Engineers is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,314 - $115,694
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$53K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,063
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$16.22 - $59.07
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,314 - $115,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,652  
Profit Sharing
$977 - $10,196  
Commission
$6,741  
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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$51,221 - $119,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.22 - $59.07  
   
Overtime
$3.80 - $60.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,652  
   
Commission
$6,741  
Profit Sharing
$977 - $10,196  
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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$51,221 - $119,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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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At the upper end, Radio Frequency Engineers who move into a Design Engineering Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Design Engineering Managers is a much higher $102K per year. As Radio Frequency Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Electrical Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $96K per year. Another common career choice for Radio Frequency Engineers is to move into a Wireless RF Network Engineer role. Typically, Wireless RF Network Engineers get paid $67K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Radio Frequency Engineers include Ericsson Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Verizon Wireless, C Squared Systems, and AT&T Mobility LLC. Although T-Mobile, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $93K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $62K on the low end all the way up to $120K at the top. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility LLC, and Alcatel - Lucent, top-paying firms where Radio Frequency Engineers rake in a respectable $90K, $86K, or $86K, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at C Squared Systems, where median pay comes to just $58K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $49K and ending at $65K, range in salary is rather small. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are U.S. Cellular Corporation ($73K), Sprint Nextel Corporation ($75K), and AT&T Inc. ($75K).

Popular Skills for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Radio Frequency Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Simulation, Satellite, Microwave Technology, Engineering Design, and Visual Basic are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C, Wireless Data Communications, and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Test Engineering, Satellite, Microwave Technology, and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Wireless also know 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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $85K. For Radio Frequency Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $100K. 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 $106K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,815

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San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Radio Frequency Engineers, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Radio Frequency Engineers in Manchester take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (18 percent lower) and Phoenix (7 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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Visual Basic (VB)
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Project Management
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Wireless
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Matlab
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National Average
$81,000

Test Engineering
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Microsoft Excel
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C++
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C
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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