Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary

Radio Frequency Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $80K per year. Total cash compensation to Radio Frequency Engineers ranges from $51K on the lower end to $120K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $11K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. For the most part, Radio Frequency Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,314 - $115,694
(Median)
$53K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,063
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$16.22 - $59.07
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$16
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$59
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 (?
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
$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

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

  • 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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Radio Frequency Engineers who go on to become Design Engineering Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Design Engineering Managers is $102K annually. Going from Radio Frequency Engineer to Senior Electrical Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $96K. Many others choose to work as Wireless RF Network Engineers, where pay is typically $67K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Radio Frequency Engineers, Ericsson Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Verizon Wireless, C Squared Systems, and AT&T Mobility LLC are leading firms in the industry. T-Mobile, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $93K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $62K to a high of $120K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility LLC, and Alcatel - Lucent, where earnings of $90K, $86K, or $86K are standard for Radio Frequency Engineers.

C Squared Systems doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $58K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $65K and scope of pay is rather limited. U.S. Cellular Corporation, Sprint Nextel Corporation, and AT&T Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $73K, $75K, and $75K.

Popular Skills for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Survey results imply that Radio Frequency Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C, Wireless Data Communications, and Microsoft Word. People who know Wireless usually also know Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Radio Frequency Engineers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $70K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $85K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $100K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $106K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,815

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For Radio Frequency Engineers, San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Radio Frequency Engineers in Manchester earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (18 percent less) and Phoenix (7 percent less).

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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