Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Slightly less than two-thirds of Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $76K to $134K per year, and the average comes out to $95K 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. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Senior Electrical Engineers is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$73,820 - $125,817
(Median)
$74K
$95K
$130K
MEDIAN: $95,023
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90%

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$34.54 - $70.61
(Median)
$35
$48
$71
MEDIAN: $47.00
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50%
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
$73,820 - $125,817  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,349  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $14,848  
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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$75,872 - $134,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,784
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$34.54 - $70.61  
   
Overtime
$28.20 - $72.76  
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 - $14,349  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $14,848  
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).
)
$75,872 - $134,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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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 who go on to become Senior Principal Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Principal Engineers is $133K annually. Principal Electrical Engineers or Design Engineering Managers are common next-step roles for Senior Electrical Engineers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Principal Electrical Engineers is $23K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for Design Engineering Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer


Dominating the field, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Raytheon Co., and Raytheon Missile Systems are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Electrical Engineers. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the best pay with a median salary of $133K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $105K and maxing out at just $150K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Qualcomm Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where earnings of $121K, $116K, or $110K are standard for Senior Electrical Engineers.

Senior Electrical Engineers will find the worst pay at Motorola, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $86K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $117K, leaving little room for growth. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at United Technologies Corporation ($88K), Rockwell Collins, Inc. ($95K), and The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri) ($96K).

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 experienced in 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 Senior Electrical Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $86K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $92K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $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


Senior Electrical Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Senior Electrical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+9 percent), Boston (+9 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh.

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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Project Management
0%

Matlab
0%

Board Design / Debug
0%

C++
0%

National Average
$98,000

Engineering Design
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C
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 3%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 788 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: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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