Electrical Technician Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.89 per hour. Pay ranges from $13.66 per hour on the low end to $29.37 on the higher side. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $4,913 and $6,183, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $30,608 or peak near $73,011. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and about half have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electrical Technicians. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Electrical Technician Salary (?
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$30,608 - $73,011
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $50,201
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Electrical Technician Salary (?
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$13.66 - $29.37
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,608 - $73,011  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $6,183  
Total Pay (?
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$30,486 - $72,687  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $29.37  
   
Overtime
$17.98 - $44.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $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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$30,486 - $72,687  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 366
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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' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as an Electrical Engineer may get paid an extra $21K per year.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician

Professional skills reported by Electrical Technicians are few in number. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Electrical Technicians generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $38K to $46K. Compensation is $51K after 10 to 20 years. Wages continue to improve for Electrical Technicians after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $57K. Electrical Technicians with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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Houston
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National Average
$46,000
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For Electrical Technicians, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Electrical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent).

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Experience Affects Electrical Technician Salaries

National Average
$46,000

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 14%
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