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Apprentice Electrician Salary

Male Apprentice Electricians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $13.77 per hour in the United States. Compensation ranges between $9.96 per hour and $18.82. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — just under a half — do not have any health coverage, slightly more than half do receive medical benefits and nearly one in three have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Apprentice Electricians. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,080 - $50,316
(Median)
$20K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,481
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$9.96 - $18.82
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,080 - $50,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $967  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $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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$20,974 - $42,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $18.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $2.24  
Overtime
$14.51 - $27.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $967  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $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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$20,974 - $42,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,517

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager. The average Construction Project Manager brings home $70K per year. Career advancement for the typical Apprentice Electrician often leads to becoming an Electrician Journeyman or an Electrician; median salaries in these positions are $19K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Apprentice Electrician


Survey results suggest that Apprentice Electricians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Industrial, conduit bending, and Electronic Equipment Installation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 24 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Commercial are, more often than not, also skilled in Residential and Blueprints. The majority of those who know Troubleshooting also know Blueprints and Residential.

Pay Difference by Location


For Apprentice Electricians, New York provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Apprentice Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+9 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (15 percent lower) and Nashville (13 percent lower).

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
up arrow 31%

conduit bending
up arrow 24%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 11%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Commercial
up arrow 3%

National Average
$30,000

Residential
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 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: 53% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 46%
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