Average Electrical Engineer Salary in San Diego, California

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The average salary for an Electrical Engineer in San Diego, California is $82,930.
MEDIAN $82,930
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$61k - $128k

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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, General Atomics and Qualcomm Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Qualcomm Inc where the average pay is $96,460. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Spawar Systems Center and General Atomics, earning around $93,433 and $84,293, respectively. Northrop Grumman Corporation pays the lowest at around $78,038. Cubic Corporation and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $79,656 and $83,250, respectively.

Career Paths

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Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
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Project Engineer
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Popular Skills for Electrical Engineer

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

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 $69,029 based on 69 salaries. An early career Electrical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,151 based on 193 salaries. A mid-career Electrical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,161 based on 82 salaries. An experienced Electrical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $106,212 based on 73 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $117,147.
Employees with .NET Software Developer / Programmer in these locations earn less than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (11.6% less), Denver, Colorado (9.8% less) and New York, New York (7.7% less).

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