Electrical Apprentice Salary

Electrical Apprentices in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $13.95 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.16 per hour and $19.27. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although one-half have medical coverage and just under one in three have dental coverage, half claim no health benefits at all. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,900 - $50,167
(Median)
$20K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,748
10%
50%
90%

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$10.16 - $19.27
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,900 - $50,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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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$21,484 - $42,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $19.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.63  
Overtime
$15.09 - $28.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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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$21,484 - $42,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 688
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Job Description for Electrical Apprentice

Electrical apprentices assist and learn from trained electricians. Their duties include measuring, cutting and bending wire; maintaining tools and equipment; examining electrical units; drilling; and digging holes and trenches. They also conduct installation and maintenance for various electrical systems, break up concrete and clear out materials, solder connections, and handle positioning equipment, constructing controllers, and panels. They may also operate welding equipment.

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Electrical Apprentice Tasks

  • Perform all live electrical work.
  • Work safely around the ground mount structure and panels to prepare wire stripping, and connecting and run wiring.
  • Prepare and run string wiring.

Common Career Paths for Electrical Apprentice


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Though some Electrical Apprentices move into positions like Electrical Foreman (where the average salary is $58K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Electrical Apprentice often leads to becoming an Electrician Journeyman or an Electrician; median salaries in these positions are $19K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Survey results suggest that Electrical Apprentices put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in pipe bending, Electronic Equipment Installation, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Commercial, Residential, and ELECTRICAL.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Apprentice

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $29K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $37K.

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Experience Affects Electrical Apprentice Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Electrical Apprentice Salaries

pipe bending
up arrow 8%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 7%

National Average
$30,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 6%

Blueprints
up arrow 8%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 13%

Residential
up arrow 14%

Commercial
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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