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FL Techie
Post subject: Technician pay in Florida
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:58 pm
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Hey guys.

I've been an RF technician at a defense company here in FL (eastern seaboard) for almost 15 years, and am considered to be very competent. I'm making $17.30/hr ($36k/yr) - is that about right? It seems pretty low to me. Newly graduating engineers are starting at around $55k from what I hear.

Please let me know what you think.

:idea: Maybe we should do a technician pay poll here.



FL Techie
Post subject: How to create poll?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 5:03 pm
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Does anyone know how to create a new poll?


Curtis Crow
Post subject: Where in FL?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:34 pm
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That pay sounds about right for low cost areas like Melbourne, but definitely sucks for Miami, Jacksonville, etc. Face it, engineers will always make a LOT more than a technician. Those extra 2 years buy you a lot. Maybe it isn't fair, but why should lawyers get what they get? At least doctors come closer to earning their huge incomes since they're actually doing something for people (including ocassionally removing the wrong appendage). I'd say go get an engineering degree if you want the pay. It isn't easy, but lots of guys have gone back to school.

Good luck. :lol:

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Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 3:53 pm

That sound low. a good range would be 45k to 55k


Post subject: Tech Pay
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 9:36 pm

The better paying jobs around jersey range from 22.00 to 32.00 RF Test
technicians however a good way to know whats the means average is to go Florida State goverment web site you should find out there it should be under commerce NJ has such a thing I would expect the same is true in most states.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2004 5:55 pm
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Location: South Florida
Well my job is more comprehensive then your standard tech job. I could be sent out in the field to install and proof a transmitter solo. I think I'm making 42k now. NJ/Philly area. I work worldwide though.



Cat Herder
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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2004 1:55 pm

A lot of techs get turned off of completing college degrees due to the nature of the job. Being on standby, long hours on the road (if you're a road tech) or just on travel kills the opportunity...however, the man's right to say if you want the extra jingle, go for the 2 or 4 year degree..
however, remember this: most freshouts don't have the experience that you have and possibly the licenses that you do. Experience counts a lot.
And when you do complete your degree, you'll still be ahead of the curve of most of the freshouts as well as those that have been in the industry for 5 years or are experienced AND degreed.
Makes sense to me...that's why I am going back after nearly 30 years in the comms biz...


Post subject: Getting Riped
Unread postPosted: Sun May 23, 2004 4:20 pm

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Location: Pasadena, MD
Fl Tech,

As a Military trained RF Engineer without a EE Degree my starting pay was $53K in Northern VA. I have since moved to another Defense company and I have increased that considerably. I have also been offered positions in Central Florida with starting pays at $90K. I suggest you start you hunt for a new Job ASAP.

Marque Davis
Sr. Communications Analyst
Pasadena, MD


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Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 3:30 am

they are cheap. Get back to school, it will not be easy. Then move.
It is paradigma. If you work, your gained knowledge is not fully accounted. If you don't work, gain new knowledge.


Post subject: wireless pay
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 10:58 am

Experience seems to be more important than education. After 15 yrs in the wireless field my pay has ranged from 50K to 90K.....(midwest) -
I was fortunate to "ride the wireless wave" that seems to have hit the shore!!! Right now, be thankful if you have a job!!!

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