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Electrical Designer Salary (United States)

Electrical Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $25.77 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Electrical Designers stretch from $42K on the lower end to $90K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. The majority of Electrical Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (85 percent) of Electrical Designers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Electrical Designer Salary (?
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$44,835 - $83,662
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MEDIAN: $58,050
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Electrical Designer Salary (?
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$18.23 - $43.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,835 - $83,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,487  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $6,183  
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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$42,349 - $89,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.23 - $43.84  
   
Overtime
$25.33 - $64.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,487  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $6,183  
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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$42,349 - $89,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 512
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Senior Electrical Engineers. That role pays $95K per year on average. The most common next step for an Electrical Designer is to become an Electrical Engineer or an Electrical Design Engineer. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

Electrical Designer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $55K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $38K while workers on the upper end may rake in $108K.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer

Electrical Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Those familiar with Engineering Design tend to be well versed in AutoCAD Electrical and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Most people experienced in AutoCAD also know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) and AutoCAD Electrical.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $52K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $76K.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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Cincinnati
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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National Average
$58,000
Pittsburgh
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Philadelphia
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Minneapolis
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Chicago
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Denver
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For Electrical Designers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+24 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Cincinnati (+7 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (8 percent lower) and St. Louis (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries

National Average
$58,000

Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 13%
Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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Microstation
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AutoCAD Electrical
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AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$58,000
Autodesk Revit MEP
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%
AutoCAD MEP
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%