Apprentice Electrician Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Apprentice Electricians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $13.64 per hour. Pay starts at $9.94 per hour and can approach $18.88 on the higher side. Residency and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field—about half—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by around one third. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Apprentice Electricians. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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MEDIAN: $13.00
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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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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 experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Electrical Foreman may bring in a lot more money — an additional $28K annually. Apprentice Electricians moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Electrician Journeymans or Electricians, where paychecks increase by $18,932 or $11,749 per year.

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Popular Skills for Apprentice Electrician

Typical Apprentice Electricians report a focused set of job skills. 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. It is often found that people who know Commercial are also skilled in Blueprints and Residential.

Pay Difference By Location

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Denver
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Los Angeles
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Boston
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Sacramento
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Tacoma
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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. Also paying near the top of the field are Austin, Denver, Dallas, and Boston, where Apprentice Electricians annually earn 9 percent, 7 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent more than the national average. Apprentice Electricians' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Apprentice Electricians in Pittsburgh bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Colorado Springs and San Antonio (-16 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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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%
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