Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $95K annually, but may range from $76K to $134K per year. Incomes of Senior Electrical Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $14K cause paychecks to spread between $76K on the low end and $134K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,904 - $125,742
(Median)
$74K
$95K
$130K
MEDIAN: $95,172
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$34.34 - $70.70
(Median)
$34
$48
$71
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,904 - $125,742  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,381  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $14,925  
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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$75,961 - $134,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,772
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$34.34 - $70.70  
   
Overtime
$27.57 - $72.72  
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 - $14,381  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $14,925  
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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$75,961 - $134,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 246
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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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For Senior Electrical Engineers, progressing to a Senior Principal Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Principal Engineer can earn $133K annually. A common career progression for a Senior Electrical Engineer is to become a Principal Electrical Engineer or a Design Engineering Manager. Compared to Senior Electrical Engineers, the first group earns $23K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Electrical Engineers, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Raytheon Co., and Raytheon Missile Systems are leading firms in the industry. Although the highest salaries can be found at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. where median pay is $133K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $105K and $150K. Also paying near the top of the field are Qualcomm Inc at $121K, Northrop Grumman Corporation at $116K, and L-3 Communications, where Senior Electrical Engineers annually earn $111K.

Motorola, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $86K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $117K and scope of pay is rather limited. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include United Technologies Corporation ($88K), Rockwell Collins, Inc. ($95K), and The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri) ($96K).

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Electrical Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Field-Programmable Gate Array, Board Design / Debug, Project Management, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people familiar with 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.


For Senior Electrical Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $85K 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. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $101K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $111K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Senior Electrical Engineers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+10 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Austin (+8 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 9 percent below the national average.

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
$99,000



Skills That Affect Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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Project Management
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Matlab
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Board Design / Debug
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C++
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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National Average
$99,000

Engineering Design
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C
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Visual Basic (VB)
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 771 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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