Electrical Designer Salary

An average Electrical Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $26.73 per hour. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $7K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $43K and hits $90K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Electrical Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$45,877 - $87,303
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MEDIAN: $61,653
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$17.37 - $39.95
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$0$90K
Salary $45,877 - $87,303
Bonus $49.00 - $7,079
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $7,252
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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$42,526 - $90,270
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 418
Hourly Data $0$57
Hourly Rate $17.37 - $39.95
Overtime $24.87 - $57.51
Annual Data $0$90K
Bonus $49.00 - $7,079
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $7,252
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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$42,526 - $90,270
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 437

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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

  • 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.
  • Perform calculations in preparation for designing products.
  • Confer with engineers and design staff to interpret design concepts.
  • Review all applicable documentation and company procedural manuals to determine critical attributes of design.

Common Career Paths for Electrical Designer


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Electrical Designers sometimes assume positions such as Senior Electrical Engineers. That role pays $96K per year on average. 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.

Electrical Designer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


Kelly Services, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Fluor Corporation, Xcel Energy, Inc., and RCM Technologies, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Electrical Designers. Those at Fluor Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $126K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Aecom Corporation, RCM Technologies, Inc., and Engineering, Inc., where Electrical Designers typically earn around $84K, $72K, or $62K, respectively.

Workers at Xcel Energy, Inc., Sargent & Lundy, and Kelly Services, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $54K, $59K, and $60K respectively.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer


Electrical Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Engineering Design, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD MEP and Autodesk AutoCAD MEP. Most people who know AutoCAD Electrical also know Engineering Design and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Designer

Pay by Experience for an Electrical Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Electrical Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 362 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electrical Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 243 salaries. An experienced Electrical Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 238 salaries. An Electrical Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 120 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,205

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

Home to some of the best pay for Electrical Designers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Portland (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. St. Louis and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Electrical Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Electrical Designer?

Electrical Designer in Knoxville:
"The life of an Electrical Designer."
Pros: The best part of my job is being able to use my creativity and imagination to design and model real world items. Being able to create these 3D models and to then see them get built in the real world is pretty awesome.
Cons: One of the least favorable parts of my job is when deadlines come and their is not much extra help nor time to get it done RIGHT. That is not to say that overtime is not appreciated, because it really helps the checkbook out. Or when the client changes their minds several times and you end up back and option 2 and 2 weeks behind.

Electrical Designer in Deerfield Beach:
Pros: Casual atmosphere, working with experienced and/or professional engineers,
Cons: Stress level, working 50 hours work weeks, not working in sustainability.

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Key Stats for Electrical Designer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries

▲20%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$61,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries

▲10%



▲2%


SolidWorks
▲1%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

National Average
$61,000

Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical
▼1%

Autodesk Revit MEP
▼1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼1%





▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 12%
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