Electrical Designer Salary

Electrical Designers in the United States pull down an average of $25.99 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Electrical Designers stretch from $42K on the lower end to $92K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. The majority of Electrical Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Electrical Designers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$43,743 - $85,305
(Median)
$44K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,456
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$18.43 - $44.52
(Median)
$18
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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
$43,743 - $85,305  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,857  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $6,061  
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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$41,898 - $91,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 530
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.43 - $44.52  
   
Overtime
$25.07 - $62.70  
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 - $4,857  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $6,061  
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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$41,898 - $91,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 573
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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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There are some Electrical Designers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Electrical Engineers, where earnings are an average $95K annually. When Electrical Designers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Electrical Engineers or Electrical Design Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $8K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


Fluor Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $130K on average.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $55K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer


Electrical Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microstation 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) and AutoCAD Electrical. Those who learned Engineering Design also tend to 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.


Electrical Designers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. Electrical Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Electrical Designer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Electrical Designers, 42 percent higher than the national average. Electrical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+28 percent), New York (+18 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), and Phoenix (+15 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries



National Average
$59,000



Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries


Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD Electrical
up arrow 2%

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 1%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD MEP
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
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: 61% employee benefits None: 13%
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