Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Radio Frequency Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $80K annually. Cash earnings of Radio Frequency Engineers can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $51K to almost $117K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Radio Frequency Engineers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,945 - $112,476
(Median)
$53K
$80K
$110K
MEDIAN: $79,516
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$15.76 - $57.39
(Median)
$16
$28
$57
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,945 - $112,476  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,231  
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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$50,702 - $117,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.76 - $57.39  
   
Overtime
$3.67 - $61.04  
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 - $10,231  
   
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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$50,702 - $117,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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 Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Design Engineering Manager. The average Design Engineering Manager brings home $102K per year. A Senior Electrical Engineer or a Radio Frequency Optimization Engineer is a typical transition from a Radio Frequency Engineer role.

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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. Verizon Wireless offers the largest salaries in town ($92K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $49K to $107K. Also paying near the top of the field are T-Mobile, Inc. at $90K, Alcatel - Lucent at $86K, and AT&T Mobility LLC, where Radio Frequency Engineers annually earn $85K.

C Squared Systems lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 76 percent less than the top paying company ($52K). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sprint Nextel Corporation at $75K, AT&T Inc. at $76K, and Lockheed Martin Corp, where $76K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Radio Frequency Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 in pay of 4 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Wireless Data Communications, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in 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.


Radio Frequency Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $98K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $103K.

Pay Difference by Location


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 Diego (+15 percent), Plano (+11 percent), Boulder (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Denver and Washington are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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

Engineering Design
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Satellite, Microwave Technology
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Simulation
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Matlab
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Project Management
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Wireless
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National Average
$80,000

Microsoft Excel
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Test Engineering
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C
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
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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