Electrical Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.11 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Electrical Technicians spread between $31K and $73K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Electrical Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,469 - $71,925
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,248
10%
50%
90%

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$14.08 - $29.71
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,469 - $71,925  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,787  
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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$30,964 - $72,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $29.71  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $44.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,787  
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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$30,964 - $72,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411

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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 $67K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for an Electrical Technician is to become an Electrician Journeyman or an Instrument and Electrical Technician. Compared to Electrical Technicians, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $14K more.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Survey takers who work as Electrical Technicians typically report just a few professional 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 7 percent to 14 percent more than the national average. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. Electrical Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $58K.

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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 99 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 13%