Male Apprentice Electricians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.05 per hour in the United States. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by career length and location. Although slightly less than one-half lack health benefits of any kind, just over a half do enjoy medical insurance, and about one in three get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,632 - $50,291
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MEDIAN: $30,247
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$10.25 - $18.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,632 - $50,291  
   
Bonus
$200.89 - $2,987  
Profit Sharing
$813  
Total Pay (?
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$21,905 - $43,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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$10.25 - $18.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$15.13 - $29.02  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$200.89 - $2,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$813  
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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$21,905 - $43,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,327

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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

  • Assist in wire pulls.
  • Handle and install materials under supervision of an assigned electrician.
  • Accurately identify colors of wire and conductors.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Apprentice Electrician


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As Apprentice Electricians transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Project Managers earn $70K on average per year. A common career progression for an Apprentice Electrician is to become an Electrician Journeyman or an Electrician. Compared to Apprentice Electricians, the first group earns $19K more on average, and the second group earns $13K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Apprentice Electrician


The biggest paychecks can be found at Berg Electric Corp. — the median salary there is $44K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Electric Co., where the median salary is just $28K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $21K to $41K.

Popular Skills for Apprentice Electrician


Survey results imply that Apprentice Electricians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Controls, conduit bending, Machine Operation, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ELECTRICAL and pipe bending. Most people familiar with Commercial also know 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $37K. Apprentice Electricians bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Apprentice Electricians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,346

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

For Apprentice Electricians, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Apprentice Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Salt Lake City (+6 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Phoenix (7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Apprentice Electrician Reviews

What is it like working as an Apprentice Electrician?

Apprentice Electrician in Sacramento:
"Residential leader."
Pros: I usually work by myself, but am given an assistant/laborer to help me with my tasks .
Cons: I am currently working on a 3 story building with 100+ rooms , by myself doing the home runs/take offs, roping and light install in every room by myself.

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
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conduit bending
up arrow 14%

Machine Operation
up arrow 12%


Industrial
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OSHA Compliance
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Electrician
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Commercial
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Residential
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National Average
$30,000

pipe bending
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ELECTRICAL
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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