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Commercial Electrician Salary

Male Commercial Electricians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.45 per hour in the United States. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Commercial Electricians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,794 - $87,429
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$87K
MEDIAN: $59,321
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90%

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$14.47 - $33.98
(Median)
$14
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,794 - $87,429  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
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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$30,980 - $79,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $33.98  
   
Overtime
$20.17 - $48.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
   
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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$30,980 - $79,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294

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Job Description for Commercial Electrician

Commercial electricians are responsible for installing and maintaining electrical devices in commercial buildings, including field service calls. They are employed by a variety of companies and organizations, but primarily by utility companies. Commercial electricians must be professionally-trained via a technical or trade school or a professional organization, and many states have additional requirements, including a drug screen, background check, and driving record, as electricians generally operate a company/state vehicle. Generally, those in this position have at least seven years of experience in electrical work.

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Commercial Electrician Tasks

  • Perform scheduled preventive maintenance activities on equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and repair material handling equipment.
  • Support customers by effectively interfacing with customer and office in repairing equipment as needed.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical equipment.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations regarding required repairs and maintenance.

Common Career Paths for Commercial Electrician


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Although some Commercial Electricians become Electrical Estimator, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $55K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Commercial Electrician

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. Commercial Electricians bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $52K.

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Experience Affects Commercial Electrician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 28%