Commercial Electrician Salary

Commercial Electricians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.47 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Most Commercial Electricians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,791 - $86,996
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$87K
MEDIAN: $53,685
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$14.33 - $34.69
(Median)
$14
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,791 - $86,996  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
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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$30,868 - $79,588  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.33 - $34.69  
   
Overtime
$20.29 - $47.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
   
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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$30,868 - $79,588  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
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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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Many Commercial Electricians advance into a slightly higher-paying Electrical Estimator position. Average compensation for Electrical Estimators is $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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. Commercial Electricians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Commercial Electricians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K.

Commercial Electrician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Commercial Electrician in Youngstown:
"How long it takes to climb the so called corporate ladder."
Listen. Your foreman will be your best source of on the job training. Never be afraid of asking questions. The one you don't ask may be the most important.

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Experience Affects Commercial Electrician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 29%
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