Electrical Designer Salary

Electrical Designers in the United States take home an average $26.70 per hour. Final cash compensation to Electrical Designers varies from around $41K to approximately $90K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $7K, respectively. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Electrical Designers are male. Most Electrical Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$42,011 - $86,265
$42K
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MEDIAN: $60,639
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$17.61 - $40.48
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MEDIAN: $26.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,011 - $86,265  
   
Bonus
$97.59 - $6,212  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,219  
Total Pay (?
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$40,747 - $89,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 410
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.61 - $40.48  
   
Overtime
$23.85 - $58.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$97.59 - $6,212  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,219  
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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$40,747 - $89,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 459

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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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Electrical Designers do not often transition into Senior Electrical Engineer roles. The role averages $96K 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 $8K and $7K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


Electrical Designers fill the offices of leading firms Kelly Services, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Fluor Corporation, Xcel Energy, Inc., and RCM Technologies, Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at Fluor Corporation — the median salary there is $126K. Electrical Designers will also find cushy salaries at Aecom Corporation (+$86K), RCM Technologies, Inc. (+$72K), and Engineering, Inc. (+$62K).

Xcel Energy, Inc., Kelly Services, Inc. and Sargent & Lundy are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $54K, $60K, and $60K.

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer


Survey takers working as Electrical Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Engineering Design, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD MEP and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Those who learned AutoCAD Electrical also tend to know Engineering Design 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Electrical Designers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Electrical Designers make a median salary of $69K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,730

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

Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Electrical Designers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Electrical Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Portland (+18 percent), and San Francisco (+15 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Electrical Designer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Electrical Designer Salaries

▲21%

▲13%

▲2%

National Average
$61,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Electrical Designer Salaries

▲11%



▲2%



SolidWorks
▲1%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical
▼0%

Autodesk Revit MEP
▼0%

National Average
$61,000





▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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