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Electrical Designer Salary

Pay for Electrical Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $25.95 per hour. In the world of Electrical Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $42K and $92K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $6K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority (85 percent) of Electrical Designers who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,970 - $85,065
(Median)
$44K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,387
10%
50%
90%

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$18.42 - $44.83
(Median)
$18
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,970 - $85,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,816  
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $6,000  
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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$42,060 - $91,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 525
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.42 - $44.83  
   
Overtime
$25.07 - $63.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,816  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $6,000  
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).
)
$42,060 - $91,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 570

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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 not commonly seen, Electrical Designers who transition into a Senior Electrical Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Electrical Engineers is $95K per year. When Electrical Designers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Electrical Engineers or Electrical Design Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $9K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Designer


Fluor Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $126K.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($55K).

Popular Skills for Electrical Designer


Survey takers working as Electrical Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) and AutoCAD Electrical. Those familiar with Engineering Design tend to be well versed in 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. 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 $57K. Electrical Designers bring in $65K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Electrical Designers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Electrical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+23 percent), New York (+18 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), and Phoenix (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include 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
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD Electrical
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microstation
up arrow 2%

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
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
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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