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Electrical Designer Salary

For Electrical Designers, hourly average wages total $25.83 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Electrical Designers can bottom out near $42K or peak near $92K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Electrical Designers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Electrical Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$44,192 - $84,980
(Median)
$44K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,271
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$18.31 - $45.02
(Median)
$18
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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
$44,192 - $84,980  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,839  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $5,960  
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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$42,132 - $91,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 519
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.31 - $45.02  
   
Overtime
$25.31 - $64.88  
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 - $4,839  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $5,960  
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).
)
$42,132 - $91,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 557

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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 job pays $95K per year on average. Electrical Designers typically move into roles as Electrical Engineers or Electrical Design Engineers, and those positions pay $9K more and $9K more, respectively.

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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 $130K, the highest in the area.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc — the median salary comes to just $55K, less than half of the top paying company's rate.

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 / Automation, AutoCAD Electrical, Microsoft Excel, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skill sets containing Engineering Design also tend to include AutoCAD Electrical and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of 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.


For Electrical Designers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $65K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $77K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Electrical Designers in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+24 percent), New York (+24 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), and Phoenix (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Denver (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries



National Average
$59,000



Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries


Engineering Design
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AutoCAD Electrical
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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Microstation
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$59,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD MEP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
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: 60% employee benefits None: 12%