Commercial Electrician Salary

A sizeable majority of Commercial Electricians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.76 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Commercial Electricians is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by just under a half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,791 - $86,996

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$14.36 - $34.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,791 - $86,996  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
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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$30,821 - $80,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$20.37 - $48.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
   
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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$30,821 - $80,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 283
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some Commercial Electricians do move on to become Electrical Estimators. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $56K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Commercial Electrician

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


For Commercial Electricians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. Commercial Electricians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of 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 10%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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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: 71% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 27%
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