How Does Your Salary Compare?


SBEBroadcast engineers have long said they make less money and work longer, and harder hours than others who work in radio, television and other media. The Society of Broadcast Engineers sought to quantify that.

The SBE has conducted its first-ever salary and benefits survey for broadcast and media technology engineers, establishing a baseline for future reviews.

Job titles, market size and compensation in dollars and benefits are covered in the survey, the results are free to SBE members (

The SBE was pleased with the survey participation and looks forward to greater participation next year, says association President Jerry Massey. “While other surveys have been conducted in the past, the SBE Compensation Survey broadly encompasses radio, TV and other media rather than focusing on only one segment.” Responses remain anonymous and demographic data collected included market size, job category/title, age, years working in broadcasting, salary, benefits received, and any certification held. The data is split into radio or TV results, with greater detail on job category and market size.

“The survey shows that individuals who hold SBE certification on average earn a higher salary than those who do not hold SBE certification,” adds Massey. “This is a trend we have seen in other surveys, and continues to show true.”