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Electrical Designer Salary (United States)

Electrical Designers in the United States pull down an average of $25.72 per hour. Total cash compensation for Electrical Designers runs from $43K to $92K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. The greater part enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority of Electrical Designers (85 percent) are men. Job satisfaction for Electrical Designers is high. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Electrical Designer Salary (?
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$44,938 - $84,047
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MEDIAN: $58,210
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Electrical Designer Salary (?
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$18.23 - $45.04
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,938 - $84,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,116  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $7,296  
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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$42,601 - $91,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.23 - $45.04  
   
Overtime
$24.96 - $64.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,116  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $7,296  
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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$42,601 - $91,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 487
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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 $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 $9K higher, respectively.

Electrical Designer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer

Electrical Designers flock to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $70K lead the pack in compensation; however, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $44K at one end to $110K at the other end. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer

Survey results imply that Electrical Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and AutoCAD Electrical are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $52K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $56K. Electrical Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $64K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $76K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

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$58,000
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For Electrical Designers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Los Angeles are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Electrical Designers earning around 25 percent, 20 percent, 16 percent, and 9 percent more than average. With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in St. Louis and 7 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries

National Average
$58,000

Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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AutoCAD Electrical
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Microstation
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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)
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AutoCAD MEP
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Job Satisfaction

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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
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%