Senior Electrical Engineer Salary
Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $98K per year on average. Cash earnings of Senior Electrical Engineers can occasionally include $15K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $79K to almost $136K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Most Senior Electrical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Employers usually require that senior electrical engineers have a bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering or another related field. They must have strong design fundamentals. They must be able to use software specific to their job. They must be proficient in Microsoft Office. They must have good interpersonal skills. In addition, senior electrical engineers must have excellent leadership skills, which enable them to build strong teams.
They must be detail-oriented. They must be able to work independently, as well as in a team. Senior electric engineers may have to communicate directly with vendors or clients. In order to keep their skills up to date, they need to attend relevant training classes, workshops, or conferences. They are encouraged to read relevant professional journals. They may have to mentor new or more junior electrical engineers. They may have to travel to vendors' or clients' locations.
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
Senior Electrical Engineers who advance into the role of a Director of Engineering are fairly uncommon. Directors of Engineering on average earn $141K per year. Typical career progression for a Senior Electrical Engineer involves becoming a Principal Electrical Engineer or a Design Engineering Manager, roles that pay $23K more and $2K more on average.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Raytheon Co., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, L-3 Communications, URS Corporation Inc., and General Electric Co (GE). The biggest paychecks can be found at General Electric Co (GE) — the median salary there is $122K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $95K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $172K. Soaring salaries can also be found at HDR, Inc., L-3 Communications, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where earnings of $120K, $112K, or $112K are standard for Senior Electrical Engineers.
Employees at Motorola, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $86K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $74K and quickly nearing the top at only $117K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are United Technologies Corporation ($89K), Raytheon Missile Systems ($93K), and Rockwell Collins, Inc. ($95K).
Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer
Survey results imply that Senior Electrical Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Field-Programmable Gate Array, Matlab, Engineering Design, and Board Design / Debug are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, C++, and C. 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.
Senior Electrical Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $86K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $96K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $104K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $114K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Senior Electrical Engineers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Senior Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+26 percent), Washington (+14 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks.