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Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary (United States)

Most Radio Frequency Engineers in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $79K annually. Total cash compensation to Radio Frequency Engineers ranges from $50K on the lower end to $115K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. The vast majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Radio Frequency Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary (?
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$51,588 - $109,679
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MEDIAN: $78,967
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Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary (?
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$15.33 - $54.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,588 - $109,679  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,258  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $9,955  
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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$49,888 - $115,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $54.99  
   
Overtime
$8.45 - $61.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,258  
   
Profit Sharing
$513 - $9,955  
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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$49,888 - $115,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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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Many Radio Frequency Engineers transition into upper level Senior Electrical Engineer positions. Senior Electrical Engineers usually earn $95K per year.

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Many Radio Frequency Engineers can be found at Ericsson Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, AT&T Mobility LLC, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Verizon Wireless, firms that are at the top of the field. Although salaries only range from $70K to just $121K, AT&T Mobility LLC still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $94K.
Lockheed Martin Corp offers the least pay with a median salary of $75K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $97K. Employees at Ericsson Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $78K and $82K.

Popular Skills for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Survey results imply that Radio Frequency Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Satellite, Microwave Technology, Wireless, and Visual Basic are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 5 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Radio Frequency Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $69K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $84K. Radio Frequency Engineers bring in $96K after working for 10 to 20 years. Radio Frequency Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $103K on average. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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Home to some of the best pay for Radio Frequency Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Phoenix, Sunnyvale, San Diego, and New York, where Radio Frequency Engineers annually earn 23 percent, 21 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent more than the national average. Radio Frequency Engineers in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries

National Average
$80,000

Skills That Affect Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries

Wireless
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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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C++
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National Average
$80,000
Microsoft Excel
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Test Engineering
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 277 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%