Electrical Designer Salary
The average Electrical Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $26.44 per hour. Cash earnings for Electrical Designers — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $40K to approximately $90K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Electrical Designers are male. For the most part, Electrical Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Generally, electrical designers work in a plant setting. One of their main tools include a design board to test their drawings, and they use a computer with proprietary software to create,and modify their design plans.
To be successful in this role, electrical designers must be results-oriented problem solvers who work well both on their own and in a team environment.
They must be able to adhere to contractual specifications by following local regulations. Additionally, they meet deadlines and use their superior communication skills to present their progress to superiors in their department. An associate's degree in electrical design or engineering technology is required for this job. Additional experience in drafting or industrial design may be helpful. Electrical designers must also be familiar with statistical process control methods.
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
Though not the most common occurrence, Electrical Designers sometimes become Senior Electrical Engineers, where the average income is $96K per year. It is quite typical for Electrical Designers to transition into roles as Electrical Engineers or Electrical Design Engineers, where reported median earnings are $8K and $7K higher per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer
Many Electrical Designers can be found at Kelly Services, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Fluor Corporation, RCM Technologies, Inc., and Sargent & Lundy, firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Fluor Corporation offers the most; Electrical Designers earn $126K on average there. Other big spenders include RCM Technologies, Inc., Engineering, Inc., and Sargent & Lundy, top-paying firms where Electrical Designers see paychecks nearing $72K, $62K, or $60K.
Workers at Xcel Energy, Inc., Kelly Services, Inc., and Sargent & Lundy also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $53K, $60K, and $60K respectively.
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 SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD MEP. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Most people experienced in AutoCAD Electrical also know Engineering Design 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $52K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Electrical Designers make a median salary of $69K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $74K.
Pay Difference by Location
Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Electrical Designers, 40 percent higher than the national average. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+30 percent), Houston (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and New York (+20 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 15 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Phoenix and 6 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.