FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Become A Senior Engineer

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Senior Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $99,712

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Engineer Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

Duties

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Senior Engineer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.

Education

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Senior Engineer?

Send To A Friend

Senior Engineer Videos

Only Won- A Day in the life of a Mechanical Engineer

Amazing Science - What does an Electrical Engineer do?

Network Engineer: Expectations vs Reality

Senior Engineer Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Senior Engineer Career Paths

Senior Engineer
Lead Technician Field Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Group Leader Quality Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Consulting Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Professor Senior Scientist
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator Technical Support Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Show More
Share

Do you work as a Senior Engineer?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Senior Engineer 4.0 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Senior Engineer
Engineer 20.4%
Consultant 4.8%
Top Careers After Senior Engineer
Engineer 8.5%
Consultant 8.3%
Manager 4.8%

Do you work as a Senior Engineer?

Senior Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.1%

Female

11.9%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

51.6%

Asian

20.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

5.5%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.8%

Carrier

10.3%

German

8.9%

Chinese

8.7%

French

7.8%

Russian

6.3%

Mandarin

5.2%

Japanese

5.2%

Hindi

3.7%

Arabic

3.3%

Portuguese

2.8%

Italian

2.4%

Korean

1.7%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Gujarati

1.0%

Cheyenne

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Thai

0.7%
Show More

Senior Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.9%

Pennsylvania State University

7.1%

Purdue University

6.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.3%

Northeastern University

6.2%

Texas A&M University

6.1%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.0%

University of Houston

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.6%

University of Florida

4.4%

Wayne State University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

Johns Hopkins University

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%

Auburn University

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.5%
Show More
Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.7%

Mechanical Engineering

15.7%

Computer Science

11.0%

Business

10.9%

Civil Engineering

5.3%

Computer Engineering

4.2%

Engineering

3.9%

Chemical Engineering

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Physics

2.4%

Information Technology

2.2%

Finance

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Mathematics

1.4%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Masters

34.5%

Other

11.7%

Doctorate

7.0%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.1%
Show More

Senior Engineer Videos

Only Won- A Day in the life of a Mechanical Engineer

Amazing Science - What does an Electrical Engineer do?

Network Engineer: Expectations vs Reality

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Real Senior Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior UI Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Oct 01, 2015 $300,000
Senior User Interface Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 23, 2015 $290,000
Senior UI Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Mar 23, 2015 $280,000
Senior Business Intelligence Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 10, 2015 $260,000
Senior User Interface User Experience Engineer Neurensic, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 18, 2016 $250,000
Senior User Interface Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 14, 2015 $240,000
Senior User Interface Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Dec 15, 2015 $240,000
Senior User Interface Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 10, 2015 $240,000
Senior Business Intelligence Engineer Netflix, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Aug 24, 2015 $240,000
Senior User Interface Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Dec 20, 2015 $240,000
Engineer (Senior Director, Software Engineering) Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2015 $232,824
Senior Engineer Pctest Engineering Laboratory, Inc. Columbia, MD Oct 01, 2015 $225,000
Senior Engineer (Software Applications) White Ops, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $225,000
Senior UI Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Jul 31, 2015 $225,000
Senior Engineer-NVE Managed Nand PE Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 29, 2016 $119,881
SR. Cloud Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 02, 2015 $119,808 -
$130,000
SR. Engineer II Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Torrance, CA Sep 21, 2015 $119,788
SR. Engineer II, Automotive Advanced Planning Division Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Torrance, CA Sep 21, 2016 $119,788
SR Engineer Seagate Us LLC Cupertino, CA Sep 27, 2016 $119,350
SR Engineer Seagate Us LLC Cupertino, CA Apr 04, 2016 $119,350
Senior Engineer, Transport T-Mobile USA, Inc. Concord, CA Dec 02, 2016 $119,170
Senior Engineer, Transport T-Mobile USA, Inc. Concord, CA Feb 12, 2016 $119,170
Senior Engineer (Software) HSN, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Aug 17, 2015 $99,965 -
$115,000
Senior Engineer PJM Interconnection, LLC Audubon, PA Oct 18, 2015 $99,964
Senior Engineer PTC Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 11, 2015 $99,902
Senior NPO Engineer Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Aug 09, 2016 $99,878
Senior Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Rossville, IL Feb 10, 2016 $99,864
Senior Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Decatur, IL Oct 09, 2015 $99,804
Senior Java Engineer SONY DADC New Media Solutions, Inc. Culver City, CA Jun 22, 2015 $99,798 -
$103,515

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

Show More

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Senior Engineer?

Have you worked as a Senior Engineer? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Senior Engineer.

Top Skills for A Senior Engineer

  1. Test Plans
  2. Computer
  3. Windows XP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared test plans for environmental testing of military equipment.
  • Reduced product inspection time 70% by adapting computerized measuring technology and writing and implementing product-specific quality control procedures.
  • Performed Windows XP/7/8 workstation deployment and configuration, including creation and management of workstation images and related imaging systems.
  • Allowed development engineers the ability to rapidly install and configure their local WebLogic servers by defining a common configuration template.
  • Mastered in CFD analysis methods and procedures, upgraded simulation skills and post-data analysis techniques.

How Would You Rate Working As a Senior Engineer?

Are you working as a Senior Engineer? Help us rate Senior Engineer as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Senior Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. Delaware
  3. Arizona
  4. New Mexico
  5. California
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Oregon
  8. Alaska
  9. District of Columbia
  10. Texas
  • (3,917 jobs)
  • (186 jobs)
  • (1,334 jobs)
  • (269 jobs)
  • (16,624 jobs)
  • (217 jobs)
  • (1,012 jobs)
  • (75 jobs)
  • (878 jobs)
  • (5,618 jobs)

Top Senior Engineer Employers

Show More

Jobs From Top Senior Engineer Employers

Senior Engineer Videos

Only Won- A Day in the life of a Mechanical Engineer

Amazing Science - What does an Electrical Engineer do?

Network Engineer: Expectations vs Reality

Related to your recently viewed content