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Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under two-thirds of Senior Electrical Engineers. Salaries average out to around $95K annually and spread from $76K to $134K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Electrical Engineers — which occasionally include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing — stretch from around $76K to approximately $134K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Senior Electrical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,668 - $125,936
(Median)
$74K
$95K
$130K
MEDIAN: $94,778
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$34.13 - $71.33
(Median)
$34
$48
$71
MEDIAN: $47.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,668 - $125,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,317  
Profit Sharing
$987 - $13,197  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
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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$75,679 - $134,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,811
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$34.13 - $71.33  
   
Overtime
$27.33 - $72.62  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,317  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$987 - $13,197  
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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$75,679 - $134,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238

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Job Description for Senior Electrical Engineer

Senior electrical engineers need to have a wide verity of skills in order to perform their job duties. These workers will have a strong foundation in mathematics and science. Senior electrical engineers will generally at least have a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. They will also hold a certification that states they are a professional engineer. Often a senior electrical engineer will hold a master's degree in electrical engineering from a top university and have ten or more years of industry experience. He or she engineer will also have proven skills with design and drafting computer software. Senior electrical engineers will need to posses excellent problem-solving skills and have the creativity to help develop new technologies. They will also have excellent communication skills that will require them to communicate complex issues to upper-level management. A senior electrical engineer must also possess excellent writing skills in order to prepare reports for the firm's use. These workers will have leadership skills that will allow for team building and will enable junior-level electrical engineers to learn and grow with the industry. A senior electrical engineer will also have the mindset to keep up with the ever-changing technology in the field of electrical engineering. Senior electrical engineers design and develop electrical products for every type of industry. It is not uncommon to find senior electrical engineers working in such fields as telecommunications, computer design and even construction. A senior electrical engineer's job also requires travel in order to meet the firm's needs.


Senior Electrical Engineer Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Electrical Engineer


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Senior Electrical Engineers who go on to become Senior Principal Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Principal Engineers is $132K annually. Senior Electrical Engineers most often move into positions as Principal Electrical Engineers or Design Engineering Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $23K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer


Many Senior Electrical Engineers can be found at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Raytheon Co., and Raytheon Missile Systems, firms that are at the top of the field. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the best pay with a median salary of $133K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $105K and maxing out at just $150K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Qualcomm Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, top-paying firms where Senior Electrical Engineers rake in a whopping $121K, $116K, or $110K, respectively.

Employees at Motorola, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $86K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $74K and quickly nearing the top at only $117K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Raytheon Missile Systems ($94K), Rockwell Collins, Inc. ($95K), and The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri) ($96K).

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Survey takers working as Senior Electrical Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Field-Programmable Gate Array, Board Design / Debug, Project Management, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Electrical Engineer

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


Senior Electrical Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $86K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $92K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $101K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Electrical Engineers, 19 percent above the national average. Senior Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+9 percent), Austin (+8 percent), Denver (+8 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 8 percent below the national average. Employers in Tucson and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (1 percent less).

Senior Electrical Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Electrical Engineer at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.?

Senior Electrical Engineer in Burlington:
"Conservative Business Process."
Pros: Fairly independent worker environment, numerous site activities.
Cons: Too many projects too few people, poor IT support, old office buildings and environment.

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Experience Affects Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Skills That Affect Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 3%

Board Design / Debug
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

Matlab
0%

C++
0%

National Average
$98,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

C
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 858 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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