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Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary

Male Radio Frequency Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $79K annually in the United States. Overall cash earnings for Radio Frequency Engineers vary widely between $51K and $116K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$52,953 - $110,934
(Median)
$53K
$79K
$110K
MEDIAN: $79,369
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$15.71 - $57.80
(Median)
$16
$29
$58
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$52,953 - $110,934  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,198  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $10,064  
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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$50,827 - $116,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.71 - $57.80  
   
Overtime
$3.67 - $69.90  
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 - $10,198  
   
Profit Sharing
$970 - $10,064  
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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$50,827 - $116,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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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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As Radio Frequency Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Design Engineering Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Design Engineering Managers earn $102K on average per year. It is not unusual for a Radio Frequency Engineer to become a Senior Electrical Engineer or a Radio Frequency Optimization Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Ericsson Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility LLC, and Lockheed Martin Corp are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Verizon Wireless — the median salary there is $93K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $60K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $107K. Other leaders in compensation levels are T-Mobile, Inc. at $90K, Alcatel - Lucent at $86K, and AT&T Mobility LLC, where Radio Frequency Engineers annually earn $84K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Sprint Nextel Corporation, AT&T Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp. Their employees earn $76K on average.

Popular Skills for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Satellite, Microwave Technology, Simulation, and Visual Basic are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Wireless Data Communications. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $70K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radio Frequency Engineers make a median salary of $98K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $103K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Radio Frequency Engineers, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Diego, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Dallas and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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
$80,000


Skills That Affect Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries


Satellite, Microwave Technology
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Simulation
up arrow 3%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 3%

Matlab
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Wireless
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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National Average
$80,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

C
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Test Engineering
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Wireless Data Communications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%
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