Entry-Level Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary

Entry-Level Radio Frequency Engineers take home an average $73K annually. The range in cash compensation to Entry-Level Radio Frequency Engineers ($50K to $99K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Entry-Level Radio Frequency Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$50,968 - $96,116
$51K
$73K
$96K
MEDIAN: $73,258
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50%
90%

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$12.36 - $48.48
$12
$27
$48
MEDIAN: $27.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$50,968 - $96,116  
   
Bonus
$502 - $10,222  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,811  
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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$49,932 - $99,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $48.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.61  
Overtime
$15.83 - $58.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$502 - $10,222  
   
Commission
$6,741  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,811  
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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$49,932 - $99,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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Northrop Grumman Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $85K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,183

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Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Entry-Level Radio Frequency Engineers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Radio Frequency Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boulder (+9 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Denver (+5 percent). Manchester ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Dayton (12 percent less).

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer in Tucson:
"Network Infrastructure."
I am not an Engineer. I have the title of RF Transmission. I am a traditional reservist on Active Duty orders. My expertise is Network Infrastructure not RF due to my civilian careers. I know Fiber Optics, satellite, cabling, terminations of all connections. Install Broadband, CATV, Telephone, CCTV, PC, SW, HW.

Key Stats for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design, Semiconductor
▲12%

Simulation
▲5%


C++ Programming Language
▲2%

C++
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$74,000

Satellite, Microwave Technology
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼2%

▼3%

Microsoft Office
▼3%

C
▼3%

Wireless Data Communications
▼6%

Test Engineering
▼6%

Microsoft Word
▼10%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 9%
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