Electrical Technician Salary

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 $20.82 per hour. Pay generally varies between $14.08 per hour and $30.29. Total cash earnings of Electrical Technicians range from $31K on the low end to $75K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $10K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Electrical Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,849 - $74,710
(Median)
$32K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,477
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50%
90%

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$14.08 - $30.29
(Median)
$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,849 - $74,710  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,438  
Profit Sharing
$0.27 - $9,933  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$30,864 - $74,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $30.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.45  
Overtime
$20.46 - $45.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,438  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.27 - $9,933  
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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$30,864 - $74,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 571
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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 who move on to become Electrical Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Electrical Engineers get paid an average of $68K per year. It is not uncommon for an Electrical Technician to continue on to become an Electrician Journeyman or an Instrument and Electrical Technician.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Electrical Technicians who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Electronic Equipment Installation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Equipment Installation. 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $48K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Electrical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Electrical Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $59K.

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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
$49,000



Skills That Affect Electrical Technician Salaries



Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$49,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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