Commercial Electrician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Commercial Electricians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.63 per hour nationwide. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Commercial Electricians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,791 - $86,996
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$87K
MEDIAN: $53,685
10%
50%
90%

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$14.33 - $34.97
(Median)
$14
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$30,871 - $81,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.33 - $34.97  
   
Overtime
$20.34 - $48.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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).
)
$30,871 - $81,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Though it's uncommon, some Commercial Electricians move into roles as Electrical Estimators, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $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 many Commercial Electricians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

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
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 29%
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