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.

$77,994 - $128,354
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$78K
$98K
$130K
MEDIAN: $97,793
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$33.86 - $71.23
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$34
$48
$71
MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,994 - $128,354  
   
Bonus
$974 - $15,255  
Profit Sharing
$685 - $14,899  
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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$78,974 - $136,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$33.86 - $71.23  
   
Overtime
$32.44 - $71.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$974 - $15,255  
   
Profit Sharing
$685 - $14,899  
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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$78,974 - $136,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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.

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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 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

National Average: $100,897

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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Experience Affects Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Senior Electrical Engineer Salaries


Matlab
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Engineering Design
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Project Management
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Board Design / Debug
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National Average
$101,000

Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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autodesk autocad
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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C programming Language
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C
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 277 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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