Electrical Designer Salary (United States)

Electrical Designers in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $25.72 per hour. Compensation starts at $18.23 per hour and can reach $45.04. With some bonuses approaching $4,116 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $7,296, overall incomes in the Electrical Designers from $44,938 to $84,047 depending on individual performance. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. The vast majority of Electrical Designers (85 percent) are men. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Electrical Designers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Electrical Designer Salary (?
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$44,938 - $84,047
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MEDIAN: $58,210
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Electrical Designer Salary (?
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$18.23 - $45.04
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,938 - $84,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,116  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $7,296  
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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$42,601 - $91,659  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.23 - $45.04  
   
Overtime
$24.96 - $64.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,116  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $7,296  
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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$42,601 - $91,659  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 487
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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 who assume a position such as a Senior Electrical Engineer—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $36K per year. Electrical Designers most often move into positions as Electrical Engineers or Electrical Design Engineers, where they can expect an extra $8,710 or $9,122 per year.

Electrical Designer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer

Electrical Designers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where typical salaries come to $70,000, though the large difference in pay between employees at the top ($44K) and those starting out ($110K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Kelly Services, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $59,824.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer

Survey takers working as Electrical Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and AutoCAD Electrical are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. People who know Engineering Design usually also know AutoCAD Electrical and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well-versed in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) and AutoCAD Electrical.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Electrical Designers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Salary growth can be slow for Electrical Designers who are just starting out. During their first decade on the job, pay typically only increases from $53K to $56K. Compensation is $64K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years of work in the field, Electrical Designers typically earn $77K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 21 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$58,000
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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Electrical Designers, 28 percent above the national average. Electrical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+25 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (-9 percent) and Denver (-7 percent).

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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries

National Average
$58,000

Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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AutoCAD Electrical
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Microstation
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AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%
Microsoft Office
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National Average
$58,000
Autodesk Revit MEP
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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AutoCAD MEP
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%
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