Electrical Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.25 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Electrical Technicians spread between $31K and $72K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Electrical Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,643 - $71,879
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,688
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$14.09 - $29.96
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,643 - $71,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
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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$30,838 - $72,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $29.96  
   
Overtime
$19.19 - $44.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
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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$30,838 - $72,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 450
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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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While Electrical Technicians do not often become Electrical Engineers, the job pays $68K per year on average. As Electrical Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Electrician Journeymans. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $49K per year. Another common career choice for Electrical Technicians is to move into a Maintenance Technician role. Typically, Maintenance Technicians get paid $38K.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Electrical Technicians report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 6 percent to 14 percent more than the national average. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Technician

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


For Electrical Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. Electrical Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Electrical Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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 100 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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 13%
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