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. With some bonuses approaching $12K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Radio Frequency Engineers spread between $52K and $122K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,379 - $118,827
$54K
$80K
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MEDIAN: $80,140
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$14.68 - $56.42
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MEDIAN: $29.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,379 - $118,827  
   
Bonus
$969 - $11,598  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,781  
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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$52,463 - $121,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 808
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $56.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.61  
Overtime
$20.15 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$969 - $11,598  
   
Commission
$6,741  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,781  
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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$52,463 - $121,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76

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Job Description for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Radio frequency (RF) engineers are responsible for performing research that furthers the success of intelligence sensors and surveillance radars, including research in the fields of bistatic, passive and active multiple inputs, multiple outputs, monostatic, and over-the-horizon radar.

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Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


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For Radio Frequency Engineers, progressing to a Design Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Design Engineering Manager can earn $103K annually. The most common career progression for Radio Frequency Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Electrical Engineer, where average pay is $96K annually. However, many Radio Frequency Engineers also opt to become Wireless RF Network Engineers. Typically, a Wireless RF Network Engineer brings home $68K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


First RF Corporation, AT&T Mobility LLC, Ericsson Inc., Verizon Wireless, and Northrop Grumman Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Radio Frequency Engineers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Lockheed Martin Corp offers the most; Radio Frequency Engineers earn $100K on average there. Also paying near the top of the field are T-Mobile, Inc. at $99K, AT&T Inc. at $89K, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where Radio Frequency Engineers annually earn $88K.

Also approaching the lower end are C Squared Systems at $65K, Viasat, Inc. at $69K, and U.S. Cellular Corporation at $73K.

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, Semiconductor, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Simulation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and C. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Satellite, Microwave Technology, Test Engineering, and Microsoft Excel. Those who learned Wireless also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 471 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 271 salaries. An experienced Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 213 salaries. A Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 93 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,335

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For Radio Frequency Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Radio Frequency Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+32 percent), Baltimore (+13 percent), Denver (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Radio Frequency Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Radio Frequency Engineers in Philadelphia bring in salaries that are 29 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Redmond and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries

▲32%

▲26%

▲3%

National Average
$81,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 9%
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