What does a Principal RF Engineer do?

RF engineers provide focused electrical engineering services that specifically relate to the radio frequency environment. They work on or with devices that use radio wave signals, which generally involve telecommunications and the IT sector. Much of this work currently relates to cell phones and other mobile devices. These engineers perform development, design, modeling, testing, implementation, and troubleshooting services. They identify customer needs or market demands, and then help develop systems and solutions that address those needs.

RF engineers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related discipline. They should have hands-on experience with development, testing, and modeling and tools and programs used for those tasks. These roles require highly developed analytical skills, problem solving abilities, and experience using testing equipment.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Principal RF Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$125,289 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$88K
Median: $125K
$179K
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Principal RF Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Principal RF Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L4
Staff Rf Engineer
$133,972/yr
L5
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Principal RF Engineer Insights

Read what Principal RF Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
AT&TAT&T
RF Design Engineer
May 11, 2021

“Great benefit and team to work with.”

Nextgen Innovation LabsNextgen Innovation Labs
RF Engineer
Jul 7, 2021

“Perks are not there not good compensation”

SprintSprint
Senior RF Engineer
May 22, 2020

“The team I was part of was one o f the best I've been part of.”

Robert BoschRobert Bosch
Calibration Engineer
Aug 4, 2021

“though we have flexible work timings looking at work load sometime difficult to manage specifically during deliveries.”

AT&TAT&T
RF Design Engineer
May 11, 2021

“Good work and life balance.”

Acela Technologies
RF Engineer
May 16, 2021

“Great team and quality projects.”

TeslaTesla
Senior Antenna RF Engineer
Sep 7, 2021

“Benefit is not so good”

NokiaNokia
Radio Optimization Engineer
Mar 2, 2021

“life balance is not the best due to workload”

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