Sign Off: 2012 Salary Survey

December 1, 2012


From Sept. 12, 2012-Nov. 23, 2012, Radio magazine solicited responses to an online survey by posting a link at RadioMagOnline.com and noting the link in all its 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
2012$60,000$60,000


By the numbers

Average years in current position: 14

Average years in the broadcast engineering field: 30

Respondents belong to a variety of organizations:
69% SBE
4% AES
7% IEEE
3% NARTE
27% ARRL
4% Other

Percent who received a raise in the past 12 months: 54%
Median salary increase was 12.5%; average was 4.4%
(in 2011: 46% received a raise, median raise 3%; average raise 5.11%)

Percent age 55 and older: 67%

48% are not certified at all
49% are SBE certified
5% are NARTE certified
7% are Microsoft certified
2% are Cisco certified


Contract engineers

23% of survey respondents are contract engineers.

On average they charge an hourly rate of $75/hour.

They typically bill 18 hours/week.

67% of them charge a higher rate for emergency calls. Those who charge more for emergencies bill on average $131/hour.



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