Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $95K per year, but may range from $76K to $134K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $14K each, total incomes of Senior Electrical Engineers generally range from $76K to $134K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. The majority of Senior Electrical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,979 - $125,495

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$34.34 - $71.04

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,979 - $125,495  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,312  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $14,748  
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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$76,014 - $133,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,762
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$34.34 - $71.04  
   
Overtime
$27.33 - $72.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,312  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $14,748  
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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$76,014 - $133,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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At the upper end, Senior Electrical Engineers who move into a Senior Principal Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Principal Engineers is a much higher $133K 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Senior Electrical Engineers include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Raytheon Co., and Raytheon Missile Systems. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. pays the most with a median salary of $132K, though there is little variation overall ($102K to $150K). Qualcomm Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Electrical Engineers earning around $121K, $114K, or $111K at each firm, 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. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include United Technologies Corporation ($88K), The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri) ($93K), and Rockwell Collins, Inc. ($95K).

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, Linux, Board Design / Debug, and Project Management 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.


Senior Electrical Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. During the first five years of their careers, Senior Electrical Engineers see a median income of $85K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $92K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $101K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Senior Electrical Engineers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Electrical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+10 percent), Austin (+9 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 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
$98,000



Skills That Affect Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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Linux
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Project Management
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Matlab
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Board Design / Debug
0%

National Average
$98,000

Engineering Design
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C
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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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AutoCAD
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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 759 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: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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