Electrical Technician Salary

Male Electrical Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.25 per hour in the United States. Earnings generally vary between $14.11 per hour and $29.95. In the world of Electrical Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $31K and $72K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $4K and $6K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. For the most part, Electrical Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,701 - $71,771
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,502
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$14.11 - $29.95
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,701 - $71,771  
   
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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$30,843 - $72,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $29.95  
   
Overtime
$19.26 - $44.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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$30,843 - $72,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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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 some Electrical Technicians move into positions like Electrical Engineer (where the average salary is $68K), this progression is not the norm. The most common promotion for Electrical Technicians is Electrician Journeyman, a position that typically pays $49K annually. Another standard transition for Electrical Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Maintenance Technician role, where pay is often $38K.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Job skills reported by Electrical Technicians are limited. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Troubleshooting and Electronic Troubleshooting abilities will see corresponding pay increases between 6 percent and 14 percent. Most people familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also know Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Technician

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


Electrical Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. Electrical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $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
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 13%
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