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Electrical Technician Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.12 per hour. Total cash compensation to Electrical Technicians bottoms out near $31K and approaches $73K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Electrical Technician Salary (?
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$30,901 - $72,170
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MEDIAN: $50,232
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Electrical Technician Salary (?
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$14.04 - $29.61
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,901 - $72,170  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,615  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,500  
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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$30,776 - $73,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.04 - $29.61  
   
Overtime
$17.83 - $44.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,615  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,500  
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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$30,776 - $73,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 374
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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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Electrical Technicians might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Electrical Engineer. Median pay for an Electrical Engineer is $67K per year. Typical career progression for an Electrical Technician involves becoming an Electrician Journeyman or an Instrument and Electrical Technician, roles that pay $2K more and $14K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician

Electrical Technicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts ranging from 4 percent to 14 percent. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Electrical Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. Electrical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Electrical Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $58K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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Home to some of the best pay for Electrical Technicians, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Electrical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent) and San Diego (+5 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Electrical Technician Salaries

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$47,000

Skills That Affect Electrical Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 13%