IEEE Salary Survey: Communications Technology Engineers earn $150,000 – Telecom Careers Insider Episode 20

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    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