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Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $94K annually, but may range from $75K to $134K per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Electrical Engineers stretch from $75K on the lower end to $134K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $14K from bonuses and $13K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by career duration and geographic location. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$72,553 - $125,710
(Median)
73K
94K
110K
130K
MEDIAN: $93,687
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$33.98 - $72.47
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,553 - $125,710  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,481  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $13,087  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,740  
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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$74,614 - $134,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,973
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$33.98 - $72.47  
   
Overtime
$29.68 - $71.58  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,481  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,740  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $13,087  
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).
)
$74,614 - $134,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 254
United States (change)

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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At the upper end, Senior Electrical Engineers who move into a Senior Principal Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Principal Engineers is $132K per year. A common career progression for a Senior Electrical Engineer is to become a Principal Electrical Engineer or a Design Engineering Manager. Compared to Senior Electrical Engineers, the first group earns $23K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Electrical Engineer


Senior Electrical Engineers flock to International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp, Qualcomm Inc, L-3 Communications, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although salaries only range from $106K to just $150K, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $132K. Senior Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Qualcomm Inc ($121K), Northrop Grumman Corporation ($109K), and URS Corporation Inc. ($109K).

The ABB Group (Asea Brown Boveri) doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $84K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $114K and scope of pay is rather limited. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Motorola, Inc. ($86K), Rockwell Collins, Inc. ($95K), and Raytheon Missile Systems ($96K).

Popular Skills for Senior Electrical Engineer


Senior Electrical Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Field-Programmable Gate Array, Board Design / Debug, Project Management, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, AutoCAD, and Visual Basic. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Project Management and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Electrical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Senior Electrical Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $85K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $91K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $100K. Senior Electrical Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $110K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Electrical Engineers that is 18 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Electrical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+9 percent), Austin (+9 percent), New York (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Philadelphia and 2 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Experience Affects Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Skills That Affect Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 4%

Board Design / Debug
up arrow 2%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$98,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Matlab
up arrow 1%

C
up arrow 1%

C++
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

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

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1070 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%