Electrical Designer Salary

Median pay for Electrical Designers in the United States is around $26.07 per hour. Final cash compensation to Electrical Designers varies from around $42K to approximately $92K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $6K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Electrical Designers are male. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Electrical Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,471 - $85,138

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$18.39 - $44.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,471 - $85,138  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,851  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $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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$41,565 - $91,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 538
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.39 - $44.57  
   
Overtime
$24.87 - $63.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,851  
   
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $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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$41,565 - $91,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 581
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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. It is quite typical for Electrical Designers to transition into roles as Electrical Engineers or Electrical Design Engineers, where reported median earnings are $9K and $8K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Fluor Corporation offers the most; Electrical Designers earn $126K on average there.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $52K, less than half of the top paying company'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, AutoCAD Electrical, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, Autodesk Revit MEP, and AutoCAD MEP. A tool kit that includes Engineering Design also typically contains AutoCAD Electrical and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $52K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $57K. Electrical Designers see a median salary of $65K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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


For those looking to make money, Electrical Designers in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+28 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Phoenix (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (10 percent lower) and Denver (6 percent lower).

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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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Microstation
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Microsoft Office
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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
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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