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IEEE salary survey: communications technology engineers earn $150,000

IEEE salary survey: communications technology engineers top survey with $150,000 median income; salary gender and ethnic gaps close

The IEEE salary survey ranked communications technology engineers as having the highest median pretax income of $150,000, while the overall median income for all IEEE-USA members surveyed was $133,000, up from $129,000 in 2013, and representing the largest increase since 2008. Energy and power engineering remains at the bottom.

The communications technology area of technical competence includes the following primary areas:

  • Broadcast technology – $135,283 median; $287,700 highest decile
  • Communications – $151,203 median; $234,300 highest decile
  • Consumer electronics – $161,250 median; $266,850 highest decile
  • Vehicular technology – $126,500 median; $188,000 highest decile
  • Other – $145,000 median; $232,878 highest decile

Other primary areas of technical competence highlighted in the income survey insights include:

  • Circuits and devices – $143,008 median, $230,000 highest decile
  • Computers – $132,279 median; $224,990 highest decile
  • Electromagnetics & radiation – $130,368 median; $200,000 highest decile
  • Energy and power – $116,000 median; $185,000 highest decile
  • Engineering & human environment – $140,000 median; $213,000 highest decile
  • Industrial applications – $120,000 median; $189,800 highest decile
  • Signals & applications – $141,062 median; $214,124 highest decile
  • Systems & controls – $119,572 median; $205,000 highest decile

Other key survey takeaways include:

  • The typical respondent is a male in his mid-to-late forties, with an advanced degree, and about 22 years of professional experience.
  • Womens’ salaries continue to trail men’s by an average of $13,635, but the gap is down $3,000 from 2013.
  • Salaries for African-Americans trail Caucasians’ salaries by an average of $15,482, but the gap is down $2,000 from 2013.

For more information, check out a video interview with Jim Jefferies, IEEE-USA president, and the infographic below:

IEEE Salary Survey Infographic

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Jeff Mucci
Jeff Mucci
Jeff is the CEO and Head of Industry Insights for Arden Media Company, publishers RCR Wireless News. Enterprise IoT Insights, In-Building Tech and TelecomCareers. Over the past 20+ years, Jeff has been involved in many facets of running day-to-day operations for telecom, wireless, commercial real estate and energy services companies. He has raised over $300 million of debt and equity for companies in which he has been involved. Previous roles include Chairman and CEO of ConnectSouth, a regional DSL company: President of a facilities based CLEC; SVP Sales and Marketing for Clearwire; and Director of a nationwide BLEC representing over 100 million square feet of commercial real estate. Contact Jeff by email: [email protected] or by phone at 512.431.8912.

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