Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electronics Design Engineers earn an average of $75K per year. In the world of Electronics Design Engineers, overall income ranges from $56K near the bottom to $112K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Work is enjoyable for Electronics Design Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$56,423 - $112,812
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$56K
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MEDIAN: $75,157
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$24.83 - $41.50
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,423 - $112,812  
   
Bonus
$505 - $12,216  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $20,000  
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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$56,266 - $112,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.27  
   
Overtime
$40.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$505 - $12,216  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $20,000  
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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$56,266 - $112,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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Job Description for Electronics Design Engineer

Electronics design engineers help design and develop electronic components that can be used in a wide range of applications. They develop and design components and circuits, work with customers to get an understanding of their needs, and work with suppliers and vendors to make sure that jobs are feasible and can be completed within the timeline of their employer and/or client. Electronic engineers work in a wide variety of industries, including commercial, industrial, and military organizations. These professionals work in a variety of settings and during a variety of shifts; they typically work full time in an office setting, although some travel may be required to visit potential customers to discuss their needs.

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Electronics Design Engineer Tasks

  • Inspects electronic equipment to ensure compliance with specification or safety codes.
  • Provides technical support or training to staff or customers regarding electronic equipment.
  • Designs electronic components, software, and other electronic products or systems.
  • Prepares documentation and other information for electronic equipment.

Common Career Paths for Electronics Design Engineer


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Electronics Design Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Electronics Design Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $101K per year. Given that the median pay is $68K, it may be surprising to find that an Electrical Design Engineer is the most common role for Electronics Design Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Senior Electrical Engineer role — which pays $96K — is also typical for Electronics Design Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Electronics Design Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Board Design / Debug, Microsoft Office, and Assembler. Most people who know C also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronics Design Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $73K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $85K. Electronics Design Engineers see a median salary of $97K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Electronics Design Engineers report making only $94K on average.

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Experience Affects Electronics Design Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 21%


National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Electronics Design Engineer Salaries


Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis (SPICE)
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$78,000

C
up arrow 1%

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

C++
up arrow 3%


Assembler
up arrow 6%


Board Design / Debug
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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