Electrical Designer Salary

Electrical Designers in the United States take home an average $26.18 per hour. Cash earnings for Electrical Designers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $42K to approximately $92K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority of Electrical Designers (84 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,920 - $85,371
(Median)
$44K
$59K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,827
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$18.16 - $44.64
(Median)
$18
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,920 - $85,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,959  
Profit Sharing
$198.32 - $7,000  
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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$41,693 - $91,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 586
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.16 - $44.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$25.00 - $64.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.32 - $7,000  
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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$41,693 - $91,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 661
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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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While Electrical Designers do not often become Senior Electrical Engineers, the job pays $96K per year on average. Typical career progression for an Electrical Designer involves becoming an Electrical Engineer or an Electrical Design Engineer, roles that pay $9K more and $8K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


For Electrical Designers, comfortable salaries can be found at Fluor Corporation; in fact, median earnings sit around $126K, the highest in the area.

Considering that the median salary at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc is a shallow $51K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer


Survey results imply that Electrical Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Engineering Design, Microstation, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD MEP, SolidWorks, and Autodesk Revit MEP. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $52K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $59K on average. For Electrical Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $65K. 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 $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,564

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Electrical Designers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+40 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Philadelphia (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries



National Average
$60,000



Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries


Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Microstation
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Electrical
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$60,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD MEP
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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