Average Electrical Engineer Salary in Chicago, Illinois

$73,283
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,134
Bonus
$3,200
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The average salary for an Electrical Engineer in Chicago, Illinois is $73,283.
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Salary
$60k - $104k
Bonus
$1k - $12k
Profit Sharing
$10 - $10k
Total Pay
$59k - $108k

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Electrical Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Electrical Engineer are from the companies Sargent & Lundy, S&C Electric Company and ComEd. Reported salaries are highest at Northrop Grumman Corporation where the average pay is $89,536. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include ComEd, earning around $82,738. S&C Electric Company pays the lowest at around $67,112. Commonwealth Edison Company also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $77,000.

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 $65,538 based on 68 salaries. An early career Electrical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,675 based on 193 salaries. A mid-career Electrical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $89,217 based on 68 salaries. An experienced Electrical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $99,209 based on 42 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $100,840.
Employees with Electrical Engineer in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 13.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (12.9% more) and Seattle, Washington (10.0% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 402 survey responses.
Entry Level
16.9%
Early Career
48.0%
Mid Career
16.9%
Experienced
10.4%
Late Career
7.7%