Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Compensation for Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($98K). Total cash compensation to Senior Electrical Engineers varies from $79K to $136K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K each. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact 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. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$77,801 - $128,742
$78K
$98K
$130K
MEDIAN: $98,038
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$33.49 - $70.07
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$49
$70
MEDIAN: $48.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,801 - $128,742  
   
Bonus
$960 - $15,269  
Profit Sharing
$775 - $14,848  
Total Pay (?
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$78,710 - $136,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,175
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Hourly Rate
$33.49 - $70.07  
   
Overtime
$31.97 - $71.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$960 - $15,269  
   
Profit Sharing
$775 - $14,848  
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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$78,710 - $136,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 123

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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 $141K annually. When Senior Electrical Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Principal Electrical Engineers or Design Engineering Managers. Those roles pay an additional $22K and $1K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer


Raytheon Co., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, L-3 Communications, URS Corporation Inc., and General Electric Co (GE) are among the top companies that take on many Senior Electrical Engineers. Although General Electric Co (GE) boasts the highest average salary in town at $125K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $92K or as much as $184K. Other leaders in compensation levels are HDR, Inc. at $120K, L-3 Communications at $112K, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where Senior Electrical Engineers annually earn $112K.

With a median salary of $86K, Motorola, Inc. provides Senior Electrical Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $117K, limiting employee salary growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include United Technologies Corporation at $88K, Rockwell Collins, Inc. at $95K, and Raytheon Missile Systems, where $95K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Senior Electrical Engineers report using a deep pool of skills 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Electrical Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $86K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $96K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $104K. 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 $115K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,364

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

For Senior Electrical Engineers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Senior Electrical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+25 percent), New York (+16 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Denver (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 3 percent below the national average.

Senior Electrical Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Electrical Engineer?

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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Key Stats for Senior Electrical Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 280 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
$101,000

▼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
$101,000






C
▼4%

C++
▼4%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 280 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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