Electrical Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.66 per hour. In the world of Electrical Technicians, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $73K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,746 - $78,302
$31K
$48K
$78K
MEDIAN: $48,017
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$13.73 - $30.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,746 - $78,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,038  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,080  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$29,999 - $73,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $30.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$20.46 - $44.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,038  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,080  
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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$29,999 - $73,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 527

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Electrical Technician


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Electrical Technicians who move on to become Electrical Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Electrical Engineers get paid an average of $69K per year. Electrician Journeymans or Instrument and Electrical Technicians are common next-step roles for Electrical Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Electrician Journeymans is $2K higher on average, and it's $15K higher for Instrument and Electrical Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Electrical Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Electronic Equipment Installation. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Technician

Pay by Experience for an Electrical Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Electrical Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 336 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electrical Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 208 salaries. An experienced Electrical Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 191 salaries. An Electrical Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 112 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,310

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Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Electrical Technicians, 28 percent higher than the national average. Electrical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Rochester (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Electrical Technicians in San Diego take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 45 percent less than the national average. On the whole, employers pay 19 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Columbus and Baltimore.

Electrical Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Electrical Technician

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Electrical Technician Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

National Average
$47,000

▼2%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Electrical Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
▲18%




National Average
$47,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 18%