$83,393
Avg. Salary
$31.12
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$5,030

Bonus

$3,106

Profit Sharing

$6,741

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer is $31.12 per hour.

The average pay for a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer is $83,393 per year.

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MEDIAN $83,393
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$0$127K
Salary $58,134 - $122,337
Bonus $1,015 - $12,216
Profit Sharing $961 - $10,196
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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$55,519 - $127,815
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,493
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $16.00 - $58.48
Hourly Tips $0.61
Overtime $21.70 - $64.97
Annual Data $0$127K
Bonus $1,015 - $12,216
Commission $6,741
Profit Sharing $961 - $10,196
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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$55,519 - $127,815
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 124

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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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).

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.

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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: $85,087

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

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 Pasadena:
"Hot flat and crowded."
Pros: The weather
Cons: The traffic

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer in Cincinnati:
"It's Ohio."
Pros: Cincinnati is pretty much just like any other large city
Cons: It's a large city

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer in Lexington:
"Complex work."
Pros: Fixing issues that very few people are even aware of and before causing customer issues.
Cons: Management or lack there of.

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer in Fort Wayne:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Work from Home. Cell Phone. Time off. Co-workers. Company industry potential.
Cons: Stress. Pay is low. Lack of promotional opportunities.

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.

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer in New York:
"N/A."
Due to political correctness, my words are held hostage !

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.

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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 225 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries

▲26%

▲21%

National Average
$85,000

▼1%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%