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Sign Off: 2011 Salary Survey

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Sign Off: 2011 Salary Survey

Oct 6, 2011 2:01 PM, By Erin Shipps, associate editor

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

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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
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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