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Commercial Electrician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Commercial Electricians earn an average of $20.50 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and just under a half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Commercial Electricians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,693 - $87,429
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$87K
MEDIAN: $57,325
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90%

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$14.32 - $34.72
(Median)
$14
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,693 - $87,429  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,003  
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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$30,743 - $80,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $34.72  
   
Overtime
$20.32 - $47.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,003  
   
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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$30,743 - $80,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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 is somewhat unusual to come across Commercial Electricians who move on to become Electrical Estimators, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher 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.


For many Commercial Electricians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. On average, Commercial Electricians make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $52K.

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Experience Affects Commercial Electrician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

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
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 29%
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