Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Slightly less than two-thirds of Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $77K to $136K per year, but median earnings come to around $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. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$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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Senior Electrical Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Engineering. The average Director of Engineering brings home $139K per year. Senior Electrical Engineers typically move into roles as Principal Electrical Engineers or Design Engineering Managers, and those positions pay $23K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer


International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon Co., Raytheon Missile Systems, and Qualcomm Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Senior Electrical Engineers. Although the highest salaries can be found at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. where median pay is $129K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $101K and $147K. Also paying near the top of the field are Qualcomm Inc at $127K, HDR, Inc. at $123K, and General Electric Co (GE), where Senior Electrical Engineers annually earn $121K.

Motorola, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $86K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $74K to $117K. United Technologies Corporation, The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri), and Lockheed Martin Corp also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $88K, $91K, and $98K.

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Senior Electrical Engineers report using a large range of 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. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Electrical Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $86K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $93K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $102K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Electrical Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,430

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For those looking to make money, Senior Electrical Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. 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). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 5 percent below the national average. 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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