Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary (United States)

Very much a male dominated career in the United States, Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers earn an average of $80,353 annually. Compensation starts at $49,888 and can reach $115,047 per year. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group—career duration and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Almost all workers enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to most. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. 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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $54.99  
   
Overtime
$8.45 - $61.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Additional career progression can lead to an increase in pay for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers. Most commonly, those who move into a Senior Electrical Engineer role can bring in an extra $14,232 per year.

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers include Ericsson Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, AT&T Mobility LLC, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Verizon Wireless. AT&T Mobility LLC offers the best pay with a median salary of $94,087, though salaries there max out at $121K.
The lowest salaries can be found at Lockheed Martin Corp—median pay is $74,510—and there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $60K and only reaching $100K. Ericsson Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation are other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($78,284 and $82,272, respectively).

Popular Skills for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Survey takers working as Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Satellite, Microwave Technology, Wireless, and Visual Basic (VB) are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 5 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know 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.
Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. At career start, salaries are typically $69K, which grows to $84K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $100K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $103K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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For Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Phoenix, Sunnyvale, San Diego, and New York, top-paying cities where Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers see paychecks higher than average (+23 percent, +21 percent, +14 percent, and +9 percent). Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers in Atlanta make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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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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$80,000
Microsoft Excel
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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%
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