Average Electrical Engineer Salary

$74,438
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,870
Bonus
$10,000
Commission
$2,953
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The average salary for an Electrical Engineer is $74,438.
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$57k
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$74k
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$109k
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MEDIAN $74,438
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United States (change)
Salary
$57k - $109k
Bonus
$507 - $10k
Profit Sharing
$203 - $10k
Commission
$397 - $35k
Total Pay
$55k - $114k

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Job Description for Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer Tasks
  • Design, maintain, implement, and improve electrical instruments and equipment.
  • Supervise and train project staff as needed.
  • Inspect completed projects to ensure conformance with design standards.
  • Apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.
The top respondents for the job title Electrical Engineer are from the companies Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corp. Reported salaries are highest at The Boeing Company where the average pay is $80,351. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Black and Veatch and Northrop Grumman Corporation, earning around $79,405 and $78,589, respectively. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the lowest at around $69,987. BAE Systems Inc. and Raytheon Co. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $72,183 and $76,124, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Electrical Engineer. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
Controls Engineer
Project Engineer
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Electrical Engineer

Skills in Engineering Design and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office and Autodesk AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Engineer

An entry-level Electrical Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $64,719 based on 3,137 salaries. An early career Electrical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,790 based on 10,140 salaries. A mid-career Electrical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $82,249 based on 4,936 salaries. An experienced Electrical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $96,213 based on 3,037 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $105,912.
Employees with Electrical Engineer in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 11.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (11.2% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (5.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (1.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 23,344 survey responses.
Entry Level
13.4%
Early Career
43.4%
Mid Career
21.1%
Experienced
13.0%
Late Career
9.0%