Electrical Designer Salary (United States)

Hourly wages for Electrical Designers in the United States typically come in around $25.72 per hour. Pay begins at $18.23 per hour on the low end and climbs to $45.04 near the top. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and around two-thirds earn dental coverage. There are far more male Electrical Designers than women, making up 85 percent of those in this profession. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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
(Median)
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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  
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  
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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While Electrical Designers do not often become Senior Electrical Engineers, the ones that do transition make an extra $36K per year. A typical promotion for Electrical Designers is becoming 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

The biggest paychecks can be found at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc—the median salary there is $70,000; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries starting at only $44K and climbing to $110K. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Kelly Services, Inc., where the median salary is just $59,824.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer

Survey results imply that Electrical Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) and AutoCAD Electrical. Those who learned Engineering Design 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.
Electrical Designers do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. 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. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $64K. Electrical Designers experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one-fifth. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$58,000
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For Electrical Designers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, top-paying markets where Electrical Designers rake in more than the national norm (+25 percent, +20 percent, +16 percent, and +9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 18 percent below the national average. Employers in St. Louis and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-9 percent and -7 percent, respectively).

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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)
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Microsoft Office
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$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%