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Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

With just below two-thirds of Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Electrical Engineers is $95K annually and can range from $76K on the lower end to $134K per year near the higher end. Overall incomes of Senior Electrical Engineers generally bottom out at around $76K and peak near $134K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $14K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,679 - $126,096
(Median)
$74K
$95K
$130K
MEDIAN: $94,873
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90%

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$33.50 - $70.52
(Median)
$34
$47
$71
MEDIAN: $47.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,679 - $126,096  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,463  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $14,532  
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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$75,680 - $134,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,812
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$33.50 - $70.52  
   
Overtime
$27.33 - $72.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,463  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $14,532  
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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$75,680 - $134,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238

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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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Senior Electrical Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Principal Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $132K annually. Senior Electrical Engineers typically move into roles as Principal Electrical Engineers or Design Engineering Managers, and those positions pay $23K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer


International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Raytheon Co., and Raytheon Missile Systems are among the top companies that take on many Senior Electrical Engineers. Pay for Senior Electrical Engineers is best at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., which offers a median salary of $133K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $105K to $150K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Qualcomm Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Black and Veatch, where Senior Electrical Engineers typically earn around $121K, $116K, or $114K, respectively.

Motorola, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $86K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $117K and scope of pay is rather limited. Raytheon Missile Systems, Rockwell Collins, Inc. and The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri) are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $94K, $95K, and $96K.

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Survey takers working as Senior Electrical Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Field-Programmable Gate Array, Board Design / Debug, Project Management, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people 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.


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 $86K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $92K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $101K. As Senior Electrical Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Electrical Engineers, 19 percent higher than the national average. Senior Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+10 percent), Austin (+8 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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.

Related Job Salaries

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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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Board Design / Debug
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Project Management
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Matlab
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C++
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National Average
$98,000

Engineering Design
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C
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Microsoft Excel
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Visual Basic (VB)
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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 838 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: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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