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Electrical Technician Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $19.89 per hour. Total cash earnings of Electrical Technicians range from $30K on the low end to $73K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $6K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and more than half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Electrical Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Electrical Technician Salary (?
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$30,608 - $73,011
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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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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 (?
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  
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  
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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For Electrical Technicians, career progression to an Electrical Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, an Electrical Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $67K annually.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician

Electrical Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Financial compensation rises with mastery of Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting skills (by 16 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively). 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.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $57K on average. The largest share of Electrical Technicians have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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With a pay rate for Electrical Technicians that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Electrical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent).

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Experience Affects Electrical Technician Salaries

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$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%