Apprentice Electrician Salary

Men make up the majority of Apprentice Electricians in the United States, bringing in about $13.82 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.10 per hour and $18.66. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and geography are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Around half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, approximately half report medical coverage and just under one in three claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,841 - $50,085
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$20K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,469
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$10.10 - $18.66
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$10
$14
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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 go on to become Construction Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Construction Project Managers is $70K annually. The most common next step for an Apprentice Electrician is to become an Electrician Journeyman or an Electrician. The former position pays an additional $19K per year on average, and the latter position pays $13K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Apprentice Electrician


For Apprentice Electricians, comfortable salaries can be found at JMEG; in fact, median earnings sit around $33K, the highest in the area.

Employees of Electric Co. can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $25K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $20K to $35K.

Popular Skills for Apprentice Electrician


Survey takers working as Apprentice Electricians report using a large range of professional skills. 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 pay less than market rate include pipe bending and Electronic Equipment Installation. Those who learned Troubleshooting also tend to know Blueprints and Residential. Those familiar with Commercial also tend to know Residential and Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Apprentice Electrician

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Apprentice Electricians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,915

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

With a pay rate for Apprentice Electricians that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baltimore (3 percent lower) and Oklahoma City (2 percent lower).

Apprentice Electrician Reviews

What is it like working as an Apprentice Electrician?

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
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Industrial
up arrow 28%

conduit bending
up arrow 21%

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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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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