Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $98K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $15K, total cash payment to Senior Electrical Engineers can bottom out at $79K or peak near $137K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of Senior Electrical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$77,905 - $129,566
$78K
$98K
$130K
MEDIAN: $98,178
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$34.27 - $70.75
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$71
MEDIAN: $49.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,905 - $129,566  
   
Bonus
$970 - $15,352  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $14,822  
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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$78,886 - $137,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,074
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$34.27 - $70.75  
   
Overtime
$33.54 - $75.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$970 - $15,352  
   
Profit Sharing
$805 - $14,822  
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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$78,886 - $137,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118

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Job Description for Senior Electrical Engineer

Senior electrical engineers design, develop, implement, and test new electrical equipment and machinery, such as electric cars and electrical appliances. They may also be involved in customizing existing equipment or machinery. They can be found in a range of industries and businesses, such as manufacturing, power generation, and building maintenance. Senior electrical engineers may prepare detailed drawings and system specifications. They coordinate design with other systems, such as controls, HVAC, and lighting. In addition to supervising junior engineers, senior electrical engineers attend and contribute to project meetings.

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Senior Electrical Engineer Tasks

  • Designs, maintains, implements, and improves electrical instruments and equipment.
  • Inspects completed projects to ensure conformance with design and safety standards.
  • Supervises and trains project staff as needed.
  • Applies principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.

Common Career Paths for Senior Electrical Engineer


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It's not very common for Senior Electrical Engineers to move on to become Directors of Engineering. Average pay for a Director of Engineering is $142K annually. A more common career path for Senior Electrical Engineers is stepping into the role of Principal Electrical Engineer or Design Engineering Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer


Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Raytheon Co., L-3 Communications, URS Corporation Inc., and General Electric Co (GE) are top-notch employers for Senior Electrical Engineers in this area. Senior Electrical Engineers flock to HDR, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $129K lead the pack in compensation; however, HDR, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $94K at one end to $172K at the other end. Other leaders in compensation levels are General Electric Co (GE) at $125K, Burns & Mcdonnell at $117K, and L-3 Communications, where Senior Electrical Engineers annually earn $112K.

Senior Electrical Engineers will find the worst pay at Motorola, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $86K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $117K, leaving little room for growth. Employees at United Technologies Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc., and Raytheon Missile Systems can also expect below-average earnings of $86K, $95K, and $95K.

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Field-Programmable Gate Array, Matlab, Engineering Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, C++, and C. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Electrical Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Electrical Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Electrical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 305 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Electrical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 899 salaries. An experienced Senior Electrical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 884 salaries. A Senior Electrical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 597 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,593

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

For Senior Electrical Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Electrical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+17 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tucson. Minneapolis and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Senior Electrical Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 275 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$102,000

▼5%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries


▲2%

Engineering Design
▼0%

Project Management
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Board Design / Debug
▼0%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼0%

National Average
$102,000






C
▼4%

C++
▼4%

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 275 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 5%