Electrical Designer Salary

Average Electrical Designers in the United States make around $26.18 per hour. In the world of Electrical Designers, overall income ranges from $42K near the bottom to $92K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of Electrical Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$43,920 - $85,371
(Median)
$44K
$59K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,827
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$18.16 - $44.64
(Median)
$18
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,920 - $85,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,959  
Profit Sharing
$198.32 - $7,000  
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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$41,693 - $91,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 586
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.16 - $44.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$25.00 - $64.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.32 - $7,000  
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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$41,693 - $91,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 661
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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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Though some Electrical Designers move into positions like Senior Electrical Engineer (where the average salary is $96K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Electrical Designer often leads to becoming an Electrical Engineer or an Electrical Design Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Fluor Corporation offers the most; Electrical Designers earn $126K on average there.

Known for its small paychecks, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $51K — less than half of the top paying employer'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, Engineering Design, Microstation, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD MEP, SolidWorks, and Autodesk Revit MEP. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $52K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $59K. Electrical Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $65K. 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 $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,564

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Electrical Designers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 44 percent greater than the national average. Electrical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+40 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 20 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (11 percent lower) and Philadelphia (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries



National Average
$60,000



Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries


Engineering Design
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Microstation
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Electrical
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$60,000

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

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD MEP
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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