Electrical Technician Salary

Male Electrical Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.81 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation to Electrical Technicians bottoms out near $30K and approaches $74K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Most Electrical Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,854 - $78,712
$31K
$49K
$79K
MEDIAN: $48,556
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50%
90%

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$13.81 - $30.21
$14
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MEDIAN: $20.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,854 - $78,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,058  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,164  
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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$30,182 - $74,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $30.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$20.89 - $44.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,058  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,164  
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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$30,182 - $74,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 544

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Electrical Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $69K 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 $15K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Electrical Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Equipment Installation. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Technician

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


For Electrical Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Electrical Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $56K on average.

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 99 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Electrical Technician Salaries

▲17%

▲10%

National Average
$48,000

▼2%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Electrical Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
▲17%




National Average
$48,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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