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Average Electrical Engineer Salary in San Diego, California

$85,277
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,898
Bonus
$4,277
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The average salary for an Electrical Engineer in San Diego, California is $85,277.
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$65k
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$85k
90%
$122k
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What Do Electrical Engineers Do?

Electrical Engineer Tasks
  • Inspect completed projects to ensure conformance with design standards.
  • Apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.
  • Design, maintain, implement, and improve electrical instruments and equipment.
  • Supervise and train project staff as needed.
The top respondents for the job title Electrical Engineer are from the companies Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Atomics and Qualcomm Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Qualcomm Inc where the average pay is $102,200. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Spawar Systems Center and San Diego Gas and Electric Company, earning around $97,959 and $90,545, respectively. Cubic Corporation pays the lowest at around $80,238. Northrop Grumman Corporation and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $81,385 and $82,670, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Electrical Engineers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Engineers?

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 $72,387 based on 59 salaries. An early career Electrical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $82,004 based on 189 salaries. A mid-career Electrical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $93,468 based on 72 salaries. An experienced Electrical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $104,737 based on 68 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $112,215.
Employees with .NET Software Developer / Programmer in these locations earn less than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Huntsville, Alabama (13.0% less), Chicago, Illinois (11.8% less) and Denver, Colorado (9.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 418 survey responses.
Entry Level
14.1%
Early Career
45.2%
Mid Career
17.2%
Experienced
16.3%
Late Career
7.2%