Apprentice Electrician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Apprentice Electricians earn an average of $13.74 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.95 per hour and $18.83. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — slightly less than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by over one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by about a third. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,080 - $50,316
(Median)
$20K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,832
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$9.95 - $18.83
(Median)
$9
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,080 - $50,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
Profit Sharing
$254.34 - $2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$20,942 - $42,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $18.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $2.24  
Overtime
$14.48 - $27.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
   
Profit Sharing
$254.34 - $2,948  
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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$20,942 - $42,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,485

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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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At the upper end, Apprentice Electricians who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. 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, facility with Industrial, Blueprints, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Blueprints and Residential. For most people, competency in Commercial indicates knowledge of Residential and Blueprints.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Apprentice Electricians that is 26 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Apprentice Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Austin (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Atlanta and 2 percent less in Fort Worth, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Industrial
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Commercial
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Residential
0%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 47%