These Are The 10 States With The Highest Radio Frequency Engineer Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 3 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do radio frequency engineers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for radio frequency engineers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for radio frequency engineers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for radio frequency engineers after this adjustment? That would be Electronics Engineers, Except Computer.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. Alabama
  3. Missouri
  4. New Mexico
  5. Virginia
  6. Washington
  7. Tennessee
  8. Illinois
  9. Georgia
  10. North Carolina

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for radio frequency engineers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $116430, so our index value would be:

$116,430 * (100 / 135.9) = $85,673

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for radio frequency engineers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Radio Frequency Engineer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $121,036 $109,780 90.7
2 Alabama $115,537 $105,370 91.2
3 Missouri $111,515 $100,810 90.4
4 New Mexico $108,994 $105,180 96.5
5 Virginia $108,789 $109,660 100.8
6 Washington $108,136 $113,760 105.2
7 Tennessee $105,872 $94,650 89.4
8 Illinois $105,782 $100,070 94.6
9 Georgia $101,236 $92,530 91.4
10 North Carolina $101,022 $94,860 93.9
11 Mississippi $100,989 $86,750 85.9
12 Arizona $100,418 $98,410 98.0
13 Michigan $100,247 $89,220 89.0
14 Oklahoma $98,811 $88,140 89.2
15 West Virginia $98,661 $92,150 93.4
16 Colorado $98,477 $102,220 103.8
17 Rhode Island $98,334 $118,690 120.7
18 Ohio $96,737 $90,740 93.8
19 South Carolina $96,370 $95,600 99.2
20 Kentucky $95,966 $86,850 90.5
21 Indiana $95,329 $85,320 89.5
22 Minnesota $95,168 $95,930 100.8
23 Maryland $94,087 $118,080 125.5
24 Kansas $94,026 $84,530 89.9
25 Pennsylvania $93,639 $94,950 101.4
26 Utah $93,612 $87,060 93.0
27 Florida $91,353 $89,800 98.3
28 Nebraska $90,993 $83,350 91.6
29 New Hampshire $90,760 $106,190 117.0
30 Wisconsin $90,630 $87,730 96.8
31 Nevada $90,300 $93,280 103.3
32 Louisiana $90,200 $85,510 94.8
33 Maine $88,745 $98,330 110.8
34 New Jersey $87,744 $106,960 121.9
35 Wyoming $87,374 $80,210 91.8
36 Montana $87,132 $87,830 100.8
37 California $85,673 $116,430 135.9
38 Massachusetts $84,190 $112,310 133.4
39 Oregon $82,474 $95,340 115.6
40 Arkansas $81,641 $71,110 87.1
41 North Dakota $78,853 $78,380 99.4
42 Iowa $77,692 $70,700 91.0
43 South Dakota $75,756 $78,560 103.7
44 New York $75,030 $98,290 131.0
45 Alaska $72,219 $94,680 131.1
46 Vermont $65,573 $79,410 121.1
47 Hawaii $60,232 $101,130 167.9

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