Electrical Designer Salary

An average Electrical Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $26.82 per hour. Total cash compensation for Electrical Designers runs from $41K to $90K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. Men account for the majority of Electrical Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,342 - $86,591
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MEDIAN: $60,565
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$17.54 - $39.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,342 - $86,591  
   
Bonus
$46.10 - $6,250  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,198  
Total Pay (?
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$40,928 - $89,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 390
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Hourly Rate
$17.54 - $39.86  
   
Overtime
$24.10 - $58.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$46.10 - $6,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,198  
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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$40,928 - $89,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 429
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Electrical Designers move into roles as Senior Electrical Engineers, where pay is an average $96K per year. Electrical Designers typically move into roles as Electrical Engineers or Electrical Design Engineers, and those positions pay $8K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Electrical Designers include Kelly Services, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Fluor Corporation, Xcel Energy, Inc., and RCM Technologies, Inc. Fluor Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $126K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Aecom Corporation at $84K, RCM Technologies, Inc. at $72K, and Engineering, Inc., where Electrical Designers annually earn $62K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Xcel Energy, Inc. ($54K), Sargent & Lundy ($59K), and Kelly Services, Inc. ($60K).

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer


Survey results imply that Electrical Designers deploy a deep pool 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 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD MEP. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Most people who know 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.


Electrical Designers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,777

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For Electrical Designers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Portland (+17 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and San Francisco (+15 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. St. Louis and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Electrical Designer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$61,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries

▲11%



▲2%


SolidWorks
▲1%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical
▼0%

Autodesk Revit MEP
▼0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼0%

National Average
$61,000





▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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