Sign Off: 2013 Salary Survey

January 1, 2014

Radio magazine has conducted an annual salary survey since being launched in 1994. We provide this information as a service to the radio industry and those who work on the technical side. We gather data by soliciting information from readers like you. Thanks to those who took the time to respond and contribute. We placed links in all our email newsletters and on the Radio magazine website. With your input we can provide the most accurate overview of radio technical salaries.

number of markets you are responsible for
number of stations your department covers
estimated median salary

By the Numbers

Average years in current position

Average years in the broadcast engineering field

Percent belong to the SBE
Other memberships:
7.5% APRE
6.5% AES
9.7% IEEE
2.2% NARTE
30.1% ARRL

Percent who received a raise in the past 12 months.
Median increase 3%; average 5.5%
In 2012: 54% received a raise, median raise 12.5%; average raise 4.4%

Percent age 55 and older
67% in 2012

percent are not certified
51.6% are SBE certified
3.2% are NARTE certified
7.5% are Microsoft certified
4.3% are Cisco certified

SBE Certification stats:
3.2% CEA
14.0% CBNT
5.4% CBNE
14.0% CBT
7.5% CBRE
14.0% CSRE
19.4% CPBE
6.5% AMD
4.3% DRB
2.2% CRO

salary by SBE certification
staff engineer median salary trend

Contract Engineering

contractor stats

Methodology: From Aug. 27, 2013, to Sept. 27, 2013, Radio magazine solicited responses to an online survey by posting a link at and noting the link in all its email newsletters.

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