Sign Off: 2011 Salary Survey


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From Aug. 15, 2011-Sept. 15, 2011, Radio magazine solicited responses to an online survey by posting a link at RadioMagOnline.com and noting the link in various email newsletters. Here are the results.


How many markets are you responsible for?
How many stations is your engineering department responsible for?


Estimated median salary by market size and job title
Estimated overall median salaries with and without SBE Certification

Staff engineer median salaries year-by-year

YearTop 50Below Top 50
2002$64,999$43,749
2003$61,428$41,250
2004$65,333$44,249
2005$64,999$48,000
2006$65,833$46,111
2007$64,999$49,999
2008$71,250$50,714
2009$62,500$52,500
2010$71,250$49,166
2011$54,999$54,999

By the numbers

Average years in current position: 12

Average years in the broadcast engineering field: 27

Respondents belong to a variety of organizations:
54% SBE
5% AES
4% IEEE
4% NARTE
16% ARRL
6% Other

Percent who did not receive a raise in the past 12 months 54.4%
Median salary increase was 3%; average was 5.11%

Percent age 55 and older: 55%

57% are not certified at all
35% are SBE certified
5% are NARTE certified
5% are Microsoft certified


Contract engineers

14% of survey respondent were contract engineers.

On average they charge an hourly rate of $61/hour.

They typically bill 20 hours/week.

41% of them charge a higher rate for emergency calls. Those who charge more for emergencies bill on average $95/hour.


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