Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($99K) per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Electrical Engineers bottoms out near $79K and approaches $138K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $13K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Electrical Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$77,811 - $130,232
$78K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $98,698
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50%
90%

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$34.69 - $72.74
$35
$51
$73
MEDIAN: $50.65
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,811 - $130,232  
   
Bonus
$969 - $15,348  
Profit Sharing
$796 - $12,900  
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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$78,910 - $138,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$34.69 - $72.74  
   
Overtime
$34.27 - $77.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$969 - $15,348  
   
Profit Sharing
$796 - $12,900  
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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$78,910 - $138,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Senior Electrical Engineers sometimes become Directors of Engineering, where the average income is $142K per year. It is more probable, however, that Senior Electrical Engineers become Principal Electrical Engineers or Design Engineering Managers.

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Electrical Engineers. For Senior Electrical Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at HDR, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $129K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($94K versus $172K) is great. General Electric Co (GE), Burns & Mcdonnell, and L-3 Communications also offer top salaries for Senior Electrical Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $125K, $117K, and $112K, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at Motorola, Inc. — median pay is $86K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $74K and only reaching $117K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include United Technologies Corporation at $86K, 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 seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, C++, and C. The majority of those who know 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: $102,060

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

Senior Electrical Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Senior Electrical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), New York (+17 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tucson, which sits 8 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (4 percent lower) and Boston (3 percent lower).

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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 294 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$102,000

▼5%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries


▲2%

Engineering Design
▼0%

Project Management
▼0%

Board Design / Debug
▼0%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼0%

National Average
$102,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%






C
▼4%

C++
▼4%

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 294 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 5%
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