Men represent the vast majority of Commercial Electricians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.09 per hour nationwide. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just under one-half have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,973 - $265,665
(Median)
$33K
$54K
$270K
MEDIAN: $54,151
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$14.22 - $34.85
(Median)
$14
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$32,973 - $265,665  
   
Bonus
$25.76 - $9,696  
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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$30,420 - $79,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.22 - $34.85  
   
Overtime
$21.15 - $48.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$25.76 - $9,696  
   
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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$30,420 - $79,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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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.

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Commercial Electricians who transition into new roles such as Electrical Estimator may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Electrical Estimator earns $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.


Commercial Electricians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $33K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. Commercial Electricians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $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 9%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

Skills That Affect Commercial Electrician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 62%

National Average
$48,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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