Senior Electrical Engineer Salary

Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $95K annually, but may range from $75K to $134K per year. In the world of Senior Electrical Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $75K and $134K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $13K, respectively. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Senior Electrical Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$73,312 - $125,971
(Median)
$73K
$95K
$130K
MEDIAN: $94,574
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90%

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$33.74 - $71.49
(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
$73,312 - $125,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,164  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $13,035  
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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$75,353 - $134,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,832
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$33.74 - $71.49  
   
Overtime
$25.89 - $72.47  
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 - $14,164  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $13,035  
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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$75,353 - $134,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234

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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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While Senior Electrical Engineers do not often become Senior Principal Engineers, the job pays $132K per year on average. When Senior Electrical Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Principal Electrical Engineers or Design Engineering Managers. Those roles pay an additional $23K and $4K, 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. Salary cannot be beat at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where median pay comes to $133K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $105K, and the higher end is not far away at $150K. Qualcomm Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Electrical Engineers earning around $122K, $116K, or $112K at each firm, respectively.

Pay for Senior Electrical Engineers is the lowest at Motorola, Inc., which has a median salary of $86K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $117K. Honeywell International Inc, Raytheon Missile Systems, and Rockwell Collins, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $89K, $94K, and $95K.

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, C++, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in 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 many Senior Electrical Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $86K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $91K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $101K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Electrical Engineers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles represent the three top-paying cities for Senior Electrical Engineers in the United States. Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent.

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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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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Microsoft Word
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Office
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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AutoCAD
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 896 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
29%

Common Health Benefits

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