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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted
reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
2004 Salary Survey
Electronic Design's 2004 Reader Profile Survey results are in.
According to over 2700 respondents, 60% of us think we are paid appropriately at around $92k (average total
compensation presented herein). Managers are making a little less than last year while the worker bees made about
the same. Engineering managers made the highest pay, while manufacturing/production managers made the least. The
salary gap between women and men is closing as women received greater raises (in %) than men. IC designers were
the highest paid engineers ($97k) while MEMs designers made the least ($84k). Defense electronics engineers
averaged $89k. The Pacific region had the highest compensation at $106k while NW central and SE Central regions
reported $81k. Earnings peaked for engineers with 35-39 years of experience while those with 1-4 years made $62k.
Those with <1 year made $70k, indicating higher starting salaries. Companies with revenues of $1B-$4.9B paid the
highest while $5M-$9M companies paid $83k. Doctorates received $111k, Masters $104k, Bachelors $86k, Associates
$69k, and, oddly, those with only a HS diploma made $78k. The peak earning ages are 40-49 years old ($96k), and
20-29 year-olds made $65k. %95 of us are on a payroll while only %6 are self-employed. The top job satisfaction
factor was the challenge. Compensation came in 3rd. The average work week consists of 52 hours (work + home). 36%
of companies are hiring and 9% of us are looking for a new job. Avionics and IC companies are doing the most
hiring. Look for the full report in your mailbox or possibly online soon.