Apprentice Electrician Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Apprentice Electricians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.64 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.94 per hour to $18.88. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession—about half—do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and about a third have dental insurance. For the most part, Apprentice Electricians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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
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  
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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For Apprentice Electricians, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Electrical Foreman will earn $28K more than someone not as far along in their career. Apprentice Electricians can earn $18,932 or $11,749 more per year when they move into roles as Electrician Journeymans or Electricians, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for Apprentice Electrician

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Apprentice Electricians who took the survey. 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

Houston
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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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Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Apprentice Electricians in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Apprentice Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+9 percent), Denver (+7 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Place of residency plays a huge part in an Apprentice Electrician's salary, with Pittsburgh Apprentice Electricians earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Colorado Springs (-16 percent) and San Antonio (-5 percent).

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%