Senior Electrical Engineer Salary
Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $98K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $15K, total cash payment to Senior Electrical Engineers can bottom out at $79K or peak near $137K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of Senior Electrical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Salary||$77,905 - $129,566|
|Bonus||$970 - $15,352|
|Profit Sharing||$805 - $14,822|
|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).)
|$78,886 - $137,245|
|Hourly Rate||$34.27 - $70.75|
|Overtime||$33.54 - $75.81|
|Bonus||$970 - $15,352|
|Profit Sharing||$805 - $14,822|
|Total Pay (||$78,886 - $137,245|
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
It's not very common for Senior Electrical Engineers to move on to become Directors of Engineering. Average pay for a Director of Engineering is $142K annually. A more common career path for Senior Electrical Engineers is stepping into the role of Principal Electrical Engineer or Design Engineering Manager.
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 top-notch employers for Senior Electrical Engineers in this area. Senior Electrical Engineers flock to HDR, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $129K lead the pack in compensation; however, HDR, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $94K at one end to $172K at the other end. Other leaders in compensation levels are General Electric Co (GE) at $125K, Burns & Mcdonnell at $117K, and L-3 Communications, where Senior Electrical Engineers annually earn $112K.
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. Employees at United Technologies Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc., and Raytheon Missile Systems can also expect below-average earnings of $86K, $95K, and $95K.
Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know 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
For Senior Electrical Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Electrical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+17 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tucson. Minneapolis and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.
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