How Much Do Radio Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Radio Operators

Radio Operators receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$49250 per year
Hourly wage
$24 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$21,570 to $28,930 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Radio Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $21,570 to $28,930 per year or $10 to $14 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Radio Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $40 $83,620
Senior (Top 25%) $30 $62,980
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $43,570
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $28,930
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $21,570

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $34 $71,230
CO $29 $60,820
NJ $28 $59,250
NY $28 $58,270
MI $28 $58,260
VA $27 $56,020
WA $26 $54,050
CA $26 $53,770
VT $25 $52,530
RI $25 $52,490

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Radio Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Radio Operators are in the states of DC, CO, NJ, NY and MI.

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