Electrical Designer Salary

Pay for Electrical Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $26.69 per hour. Total cash compensation to Electrical Designers approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $90K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Electrical Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electrical Designers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$43,532 - $87,341
$44K
$61K
$87K
MEDIAN: $61,102
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$17.31 - $39.09
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MEDIAN: $26.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,532 - $87,341  
   
Bonus
$100.45 - $6,755  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,178  
Total Pay (?
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$41,027 - $89,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 401
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.31 - $39.09  
   
Overtime
$24.82 - $57.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.45 - $6,755  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,178  
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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$41,027 - $89,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 432

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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

  • 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.
  • Perform calculations in preparation for designing products.
  • Confer with engineers and design staff to interpret design concepts.
  • Review all applicable documentation and company procedural manuals to determine critical attributes of design.

Common Career Paths for Electrical Designer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Electrical Designers sometimes become Senior Electrical Engineers, where the average income is $96K per year. 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 $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $7K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


Kelly Services, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Fluor Corporation, Xcel Energy, Inc., and RCM Technologies, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Electrical Designers. Fluor Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $126K. Electrical Designers will also find cushy salaries at Aecom Corporation (+$84K), RCM Technologies, Inc. (+$72K), and Engineering, Inc. (+$62K).

Xcel Energy, Inc., Sargent & Lundy, and Kelly Services, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $54K, $59K, and $60K.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Engineering Design, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD MEP. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Those proficient in AutoCAD Electrical are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Designer

Pay by Experience for an Electrical Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Electrical Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 362 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electrical Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 243 salaries. An experienced Electrical Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 238 salaries. An Electrical Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 120 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,947

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

For Electrical Designers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Electrical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Portland (+16 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and San Francisco (+15 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Phoenix (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Electrical Designer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$61,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries

▲11%



▲2%


SolidWorks
▲1%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical
▼0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼0%

National Average
$61,000



Autodesk Revit MEP
▼1%



▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 12%
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