Electrical Designer Salary

The average Electrical Designer in the United States earns approximately $26.00 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. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Electrical Designers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Work is enjoyable for Electrical Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,672 - $85,221
(Median)
$44K
$59K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,505
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$18.38 - $44.64
(Median)
$18
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $26.00
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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
$43,672 - $85,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,853  
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $6,040  
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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$41,775 - $91,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 534
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.38 - $44.64  
   
Overtime
$25.09 - $63.17  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,853  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $6,040  
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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$41,775 - $91,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 578
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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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Electrical Designers who advance into the role of a Senior Electrical Engineer are fairly uncommon. Senior Electrical Engineers on average earn $95K per year. 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


Electrical Designers flock to Fluor Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $130K lead the pack in compensation.

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


Electrical Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and AutoCAD Electrical are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks and AutoCAD MEP. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) and AutoCAD Electrical. Most people who know Engineering Design 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.


For Electrical Designers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During the first five years of their careers, Electrical Designers see a median income of $52K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Electrical Designers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+29 percent), New York (+18 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), and Phoenix (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers in St. Louis and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 6 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
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Microsoft Office
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Microstation
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Microsoft Excel
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AutoCAD
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$59,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD MEP
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 13%
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