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Post subject: Contract Rate for "handset Field Testing" Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:24 am

Hi All,

can anybody give an idea about hourly rate for the position of "Handset Field Test engineer" and also what might be "per Diem" in the USA.

Another thing, is there any relation between Field Testing and RF engineering (i mean if at later stage i want to go into RF Design, this experience will be valuable or not),

Any suggestions and comments will be appreciated.





Post subject: RF contract ratesPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 7:11 am

For per diem rates look at www.gsa.gov/perdiem

You will find all the rates there.

As for the hourly rate I am not sure about Field testing. If you know how much you would make as an permanent employee with benefits multiplying your pay-rate by 2 and adding 10% is the usual rule of thumb for contracting.

Be carefull with companies or agencies trying to pay you at same hourly rate as a permanent employee but with none of the benefits factored in ( time-off, insurance...). Some of them do that if they think they can get away with it.

The consultant rate for RF-EE in the US in between $100 and $125 per hour according to IEEE survey last year. but you should do you own computation based on all your cost.

Those questions are always asked. we may need a special forum for consultants/contractors.



Post subject: field testing vs RF engineeringPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 9:48 am

RF engineering is a broad trade area including semiconductor work, board level work, system work, cell-planning work... Field testing might be a subset of RF engineering but that won't allow you all kind of work which requires training of some sort.

IMHO it could be a foot in the door for cell-planning then system work.

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