Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Radio Frequency Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $82K annually. Final cash compensation to Radio Frequency Engineers varies from around $53K to approximately $122K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $9K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$56,316 - $121,020
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MEDIAN: $82,593
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$13.22 - $58.06
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$0$124K
Salary $56,316 - $121,020
Bonus $983 - $12,460
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,985
Total Pay (?
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$54,094 - $124,842
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 812
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $13.22 - $58.06
Hourly Tips $0.61
Overtime $19.88 - $64.39
Annual Data $0$124K
Bonus $983 - $12,460
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,985
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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$54,094 - $124,842
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 76

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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

  • Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.
  • Performs bench tests and evaluates radio frequency systems.
  • Conducts research that tests and analyzes design, operation, and performance of components and systems.
  • Designs, develops, and maintains radio frequency systems.

Common Career Paths for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


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At the upper end, Radio Frequency Engineers who move into a Design Engineering Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Design Engineering Managers is a much higher $103K per year. With an annual salary of $96K, Senior Electrical Engineer is the most common role for Radio Frequency Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Wireless RF Network Engineer role — which usually pays $68K — is also typical for Radio Frequency Engineers, though less common by comparison.

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer


Many Radio Frequency Engineers can be found at First RF Corporation, AT&T Mobility LLC, Ericsson Inc., Verizon Wireless, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Lockheed Martin Corp offers the largest salaries in town — $100K on average. Radio Frequency Engineers will also find cushy salaries at T-Mobile, Inc. (+$99K), AT&T Inc. (+$89K), and Northrop Grumman Corporation (+$88K).

C Squared Systems, Viasat, Inc., and U.S. Cellular Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($65K, $69K, and $73K respectively).

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 Engineering Design, Semiconductor, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Simulation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and C. Most people familiar with Wireless also know Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Satellite, Microwave Technology, Test Engineering, and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 471 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 271 salaries. An experienced Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 213 salaries. A Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 93 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,208

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For those looking to make money, Radio Frequency Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Radio Frequency Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Baltimore (+11 percent), Denver (+5 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 30 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Redmond and Atlanta (15 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries

▲27%

▲22%

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National Average
$84,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 11%
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