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Electrical Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.14 per hour. Cash earnings for Electrical Technicians — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $73K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Electrical Technicians is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,556 - $72,384
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,234
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$13.83 - $29.78
(Median)
$14
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MEDIAN: $20
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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,556 - $72,384  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,041  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,183  
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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$30,760 - $72,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.83 - $29.78  
   
Overtime
$18.54 - $45.03  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,183  
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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$30,760 - $72,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 419

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Job Description for Electrical Technician

Electrical technicians install, repair, and maintain electrical equipment. They must have a working knowledge of federal and state regulations as they apply to electrical equipment, and they must stay current on safety practices. Electrical technicians perform a variety of functions, but they are above all responsible for ensuring that electrical equipment runs smoothly. If equipment fails, the first priority of the technician is to repair it as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. An electrical technician may calibrate, troubleshoot, inspect, clean, modify, upgrade, or even uninstall electrical equipment. In addition to the equipment, technicians may also work with wiring, voltage, or even forklifts and loaders. Most electrical technicians work in a factory or production-type atmosphere, though this is not always the case.

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Electrical Technician Tasks

  • Perform basic mechanical and electrical troubleshooting.
  • Read and interpret electrical and mechanical blueprints, diagrams and schematics.
  • Lay out and assemble basic electrical circuits and assemblies.
  • Lay out and assemble machines based on drawings and detailed verbal instruction.

Common Career Paths for Electrical Technician


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Though not the most common occurrence, Electrical Technicians sometimes become Electrical Engineers, where the average income is $67K per year. The most common next step for an Electrical Technician is to become an Electrician Journeyman or an Instrument and Electrical Technician. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $14K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Professional skills reported by Electrical Technicians are few in number. Those familiar with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Troubleshooting and Electronic Troubleshooting will likely experience a boost in pay, earning between 6 percent to 14 percent above the national average. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Technician

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Electrical Technicians make a median salary of $52K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $58K.

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What is it like working as an Electrical Technician?

Electrical Technician in Tipp City:
Pros: The open, free, and laid back environment. I work with a group of great guys and our boss/owner is a really great guy as well.
Cons: Crazy hours on weekends. Not very much work/life balance. Low pay. A office secretary who thinks she runs the place.

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Experience Affects Electrical Technician Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Electrical Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 13%
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