What does a 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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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
29%
2 - 4
36%
5 - 7
4%
8+
31%

Common Skill Sets

Security Clearance
Python MATLAB
Calibration
Antennas
PCB Layout
Test Equipment
Schematic Capture
RADAR Systems

RF Engineer Seniority Levels

L2
RF Engineer
$82,730/yr
L3
L4
Rf Engineer IV
$114,037/yr
Electronics Engineer
3% made the transition
Controls Engineer
4% made the transition
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RF Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$82,730 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$58K
Median: $83K
$118K
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