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Electrical Designer Salary

Median pay for Electrical Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $25.99 per hour. Total cash earnings of Electrical Designers range from $42K on the low end to $92K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $6K, respectively. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Men account for the majority of Electrical Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$43,918 - $85,065
(Median)
$44K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,482
10%
50%
90%

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$18.41 - $44.62
(Median)
$18
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,918 - $85,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $6,104  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,101 - $91,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 535
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.41 - $44.62  
   
Overtime
$25.07 - $62.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $6,104  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$42,101 - $91,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 569
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Job Description for Electrical Designer

Electrical designers are in charge of creating electrical schematics, layouts, and other grid plans for their organization. They must develop effective, safe electrical diagrams, provide assistance in the installation of equipment and systems, and perform design computations using their engineering skills. Additionally, electrical designers prepare drawing packages that support building code specifications, participate in staff meeting to oversee planning methods, and review project needs to adapt their performance accordingly. Keeping design documentation and using company resources efficiently are essential in this role, as is following strict safety requirements to avoid electrical accidents. Other tasks performed by electrical designers include performing calculations based on sketches to present proposals, coordinating the implementation of design criteria by using engineering techniques and industrial tools, and translating design requirements into specific configurations.

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Electrical Designer Tasks

  • Confer with engineers and design staff to interpret design concepts.
  • Review all applicable documentation and company procedural manuals to determine critical attributes of design.
  • Perform calculations in preparation for designing products.
  • Retrieve and review all customer specification documents, vendor quotes, drawings and diagrams for creating electrical designs for customer.
  • Revise drawings and designs based on change orders and customer requests.

Common Career Paths for Electrical Designer


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Electrical Designers do not often transition into Senior Electrical Engineer roles. The role averages $95K per year. Electrical Engineers or Electrical Design Engineers are common next-step roles for Electrical Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Electrical Engineers is $9K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Electrical Design Engineers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


For Electrical Designers, comfortable salaries can be found at Fluor Corporation; in fact, median earnings sit around $126K, the highest in the area.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $55K, less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know AutoCAD Electrical and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Electrical Designers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $52K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $57K. Electrical Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Electrical Designers, 44 percent higher than the national average. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+24 percent), New York (+18 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), and Phoenix (+13 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Denver (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries



National Average
$59,000



Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries


Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD Electrical
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microstation
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$59,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD MEP
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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