Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Average pay for a Senior Electrical Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $99K per year. With some bonuses approaching $16K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Senior Electrical Engineers spread between $80K and $140K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. The majority of Senior Electrical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$78,516 - $131,893
$79K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,479
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$35.03 - $71.73
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MEDIAN: $51.79
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$0$139K
Salary $78,516 - $131,893
Bonus $978 - $15,512
Profit Sharing $778 - $13,040
Total Pay (?
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$79,557 - $139,534
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,135
Hourly Data $0$77
Hourly Rate $35.03 - $71.73
Overtime $34.36 - $77.14
Annual Data $0$139K
Bonus $978 - $15,512
Profit Sharing $778 - $13,040
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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$79,557 - $139,534
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 108

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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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While Senior Electrical Engineers do not often become Directors of Engineering, the job pays $142K per year on average. Becoming a Principal Electrical Engineer or a Design Engineering Manager is, however, a more typical career progression for Senior Electrical Engineers.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Senior Electrical Engineers. Senior Electrical Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at HDR, Inc., where the median salary comes to $129K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($94K) and those starting out ($172K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Senior Electrical Engineers will also find cushy salaries at General Electric Co (GE) (+$125K), Burns & Mcdonnell (+$117K), and L-3 Communications (+$112K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $74K to just $117K — but Motorola, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $86K. United Technologies Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc. and Raytheon Missile Systems are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $86K, $95K, and $95K.

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Electrical Engineers deploy 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 pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, C++, and C. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of 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: $103,028

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Electrical Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Senior Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), New York (+16 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Tucson ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (5 percent less) and Boston (4 percent less).

Senior Electrical Engineer Reviews

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

Senior Electrical Engineer in Colorado Springs:
"After promotion."
Pros: Flex hours, problem solving, good boss.
Cons: Not listened to, other bosses micromanage, resource limited, other engineers praised for lesser work.

Senior Electrical Engineer in Saginaw:
"Life is Good."
Pros: I like the work environment and team.
Cons: The stress can be too high at times.

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Key Stats for Senior Electrical Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 302 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$103,000

▼6%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries


▲1%

National Average
$103,000

Engineering Design
▼1%

Project Management
▼1%

Board Design / Debug
▼1%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼2%






C
▼5%

C++
▼5%

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 302 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 5%
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