Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

With just below two-thirds of Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $77K to $136K per year and averages out to $96K annually. Incomes of Senior Electrical Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $15K cause paychecks to spread between $77K on the low end and $136K on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Most Senior Electrical Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$75,010 - $127,524
(Median)
$75K
$96K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,237
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$34.80 - $72.06
(Median)
$35
$48
$72
MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,010 - $127,524  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,722  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $15,067  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$76,840 - $136,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,770
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$34.80 - $72.06  
   
Overtime
$29.79 - $74.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,722  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $15,067  
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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$76,840 - $136,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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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

  • 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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At the upper end, Senior Electrical Engineers who move into a Director of Engineering role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Directors of Engineering is a much higher $139K per year. 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 $23K and $3K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer


Senior Electrical Engineers flock to International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon Co., Raytheon Missile Systems, and Qualcomm Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the best pay with a median salary of $129K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $101K and maxing out at just $147K. Qualcomm Inc, HDR, Inc., and General Electric Co (GE) also offer top salaries for Senior Electrical Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $127K, $123K, and $121K, respectively.

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. United Technologies Corporation, The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri), and Lockheed Martin Corp are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($88K, $91K, and $98K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Senior Electrical Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VHDL, Field-Programmable Gate Array, Board Design / Debug, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Visual Basic, and AutoCAD. 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 many Senior Electrical Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $86K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $93K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $102K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,430

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

With a pay rate for Senior Electrical Engineers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+11 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Denver (+8 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Atlanta (2 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
$99,000



Skills That Affect Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries

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Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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Project Management
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Board Design / Debug
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National Average
$99,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 644 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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