Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary (United States)

Most Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers in the United States are men, earning an average of $80,353 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $49,888 to $115,047 per year. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $10,258 from bonuses and close to $9,955 from profit sharing—generally runs from $51,588 to $109,679. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residency, though experience level and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; nearly all people have both medical and dental plans, and most have vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This summary is derived from information collected in 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 (?
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$49,888 - $115,047  
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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 (?
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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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Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers may enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. Typically, top-notch roles like Senior Electrical Engineer will offer an extra $14,232 annually than lower-level jobs in the same field.

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Ericsson Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, AT&T Mobility LLC, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Verizon Wireless are top-notch employers for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers in this area. With a median salary of $94,087, AT&T Mobility LLC offers Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers the highest pay in their field; however, earnings are capped at $121K, limiting employee salary growth.
Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers will find the worst pay at Lockheed Martin Corp, where the median salary crawls in at $74,510. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $100K, leaving little room for growth. Also approaching the lower end are Ericsson Inc. at $78,284 and Northrop Grumman Corporation at $82,272.

Popular Skills for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. Most people 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.
For Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. New salaries start at $69K and reach $84K in five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $100K. After two decades on the job, Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $103K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent 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. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Also paying near the top of the field are Phoenix, Sunnyvale, San Diego, and New York, where Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers annually earn 23 percent, 21 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent more than the national average. Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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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
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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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