Salary Information for Antenna Engineers
On this page, I'll try to give an idea of what type of salaries antenna engineers earn. Now some of this is based on hard data (I was offered antenna engineer jobs at Boeing and Raytheon in 2005-2006, and Boeing is unionized so keeps public logs of salaries, so I have a good idea there). I also have job offers in the private sector, so I can estimate that somewhat well. If you have any hard data (offer letters or your own salary), please feel free to submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org , and I'll keep the estimates updated.
Note that the salaries will tend to be higher in urban areas and lower in rural areas, and these values are location-dependent.
Defense jobs typically don't have much in the way of bonuses or stock awards. However, many of these companies pay overtime, which can significantly increase your overall compensation if you work it.
Private Sector Antenna Design Engineer
I'd like to emphasize that this is based on my current knowledge of the antenna engineering positions. I know for a fact some antenna engineers earn significantly more than stated here (due to generous and great-performing stock); I would also not be surprised to hear about some making less.
If you are at a smaller tier 2 university, you may start at US $40,000. This would be the very low end though. If you start at a top tier university, you may start at US $110,000. Depending on where the university is and its overall engineer rank, the salary will likely be between these two limits.
Antenna Engineer Salary Information from Europe
In Europe, if you have a BS/MS engineering degree with 5 years experience, that's equivalent to a Ph.D in antenna engineering with no work experience. Either of these paths will roughly qualify you for a senior antenna engineering position.
Here are some salaries, offered to antenna engineers in 2009:
As you can see, positions vary widely in salary, so it's important to negotiate (or at least try to). It's important to weight the total compensation package (stock, bonuses, benefits, whatever is offered), and the general quality of life (work/life balance) to find a good fit for you. Feel free to use any of the information on these pages as starting points with your employer if offered a lower salary.