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Apprentice Electrician Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Apprentice Electricians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $13.64 per hour. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a little over a half and dental insurance is reported by just under one in three. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Apprentice Electrician Salary (?
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$19,668 - $45,615
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MEDIAN: $34,666
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Apprentice Electrician Salary (?
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$9.94 - $18.88
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,668 - $45,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $3,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,893 - $42,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $18.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $2.24  
Overtime
$14.45 - $26.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $3,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,893 - $42,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,158
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Job Description for Apprentice Electrician

As an apprentice electrician one can expect to learn all of the ins and outs of the electrician trade. Generally, someone will be apprentice to an electrician for around four years before they are able to become a licensed electrician themselves. During this time period an apprentice electrician will work under an electrician for a fixed wage and be able to accumulate first hand job experience as they work on various job sites and projects. As an apprentice electrician it should also be accepted that the average work week will be at least thirty five hours during the entire apprenticeship. An apprentice electrician under an electrician's supervision will learn various skills such as how to handle and install materials, how to mount and install assigned work, conduits, wires and strappings, and how to identify wires and conductors based on their colors. Apprentice electricians will also be taught proper discipline and conduct to ensure that all materials, tools and equipment are kept in an orderly fashion in order to keep the work area clean and prevent injury or harm on the job site. Through their hands on experience and countless hours on the job site an apprentice electrician will also become proficient in all and any safety procedures practiced by electricians due to the relative deadly nature of high current electricity. Apprentice electricians will also become skilled in installing fans, installing air-conditioning systems, creating blueprints to efficiently and safely install outlets and electrical systems, as well as installing any other major machines that require high currents of electricity.
Apprentice Electrician Tasks
  • Mount and install assigned work, conduit, wires and strapping.
  • Keep all materials, tools and equipment, in an orderly fashion and maintain a clean work area at all times.
  • Accurately identify colors of wire and conductors.
  • Assist in wire pulls.
  • Handle and install materials under supervision of an assigned electrician.

Common Career Paths for Apprentice Electrician

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Apprentice Electricians may go on to top-notch roles like Electrical Foreman, where median pay is $58K annually. A common career progression for an Apprentice Electrician is to become an Electrician Journeyman or an Electrician. Compared to Apprentice Electricians, the first group earns $19K more on average, and the second group earns $12K more.

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Popular Skills for Apprentice Electrician

Apprentice Electricians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Commercial, Troubleshooting, and Residential are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Commercial indicates knowledge of Blueprints and Residential.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$30,000
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Colorado Springs
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With a pay rate for Apprentice Electricians that is 16 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Austin, Denver, Dallas, and Boston also offer top salaries for Apprentice Electricians. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 9 percent, 7 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent more, respectively. Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh Apprentice Electricians earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Colorado Springs and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Apprentice Electrician Reviews

What is it like working as an Apprentice Electrician?
Apprentice Electrician in Dallas:
"Electrical Jobs."
Pros: The scenery changes, no customers, and you're judged on the quality of your work.
Cons: The weather is your enemy, physically demanding, and can be pressured to produce results.

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Experience Affects Apprentice Electrician Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Skills That Affect Apprentice Electrician Salaries

Troubleshooting
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Residential
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National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 46%