Apprentice Electrician Salary

Men account for the majority of Apprentice Electricians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.82 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.10 per hour and $18.66. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the company and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Although half have medical coverage and just under one in three have dental coverage, approximately one-half claim no health benefits at all. Most Apprentice Electricians report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,841 - $50,085
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,469
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$10.10 - $18.66
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$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,841 - $50,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
Profit Sharing
$625  
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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$21,222 - $42,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $18.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$14.79 - $27.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
   
Profit Sharing
$625  
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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$21,222 - $42,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,083
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Job Description for Apprentice Electrician

An apprentice electrician will work with a licensed electrician and will perform any duties that are instructed. The apprentice will help the licensed electrician to install and maintain electrical systems. When repairs are needed, the apprentice will carry these out. The electrician will install wiring and will measure, cut, and manipulate the wiring to fit a certain context, such as receptacles, switches, transformers, or distribution boxes.

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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 who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. Apprentice Electricians most often move into positions as Electrician Journeymans or Electricians; those groups report median salaries that are $19K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Apprentice Electrician


JMEG offers the largest salaries in town — $33K on average.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Electric Co. offers the lowest median salary at $25K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $20K and $35K.

Popular Skills for Apprentice Electrician


Apprentice Electricians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Controls, Industrial, and conduit bending are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 28 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include pipe bending and Electronic Equipment Installation. Skill sets containing Troubleshooting also tend to include Blueprints and Residential. Those educated in Commercial tend to be well versed in Residential and Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Apprentice Electrician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Apprentice Electricians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Apprentice Electricians make a median salary of $37K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,915

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Apprentice Electricians, Austin provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Apprentice Electricians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+11 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), Sacramento (+8 percent), and Columbus (+8 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and Oklahoma City (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Apprentice Electrician Reviews

What is it like working as an Apprentice Electrician?

Apprentice Electrician in Mena:
"My job."
Pros: I like that I get to work in different environments all the time. It's enjoyable. It always gets easier.
Cons: Some of the people.

Apprentice Electrician in Denver:
"Electrical Apprentice."
Pros: You get practical hands-on experience. Get paid to receive a higher education. Never work in the same place too long.
Cons: Having to fix the fuck-ups from company favorites. Low salary, high tool cost. Random bouts of over-time (14-18 hour days at times) Nonnegotiable hours.

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

Late-Career
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National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Apprentice Electrician Salaries

Controls
up arrow 38%

Industrial
up arrow 28%

conduit bending
up arrow 21%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 20%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Commercial
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Electrician
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National Average
$30,000

Residential
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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pipe bending
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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