Electrical Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.21 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $14.09 per hour to $29.88. Total cash compensation to Electrical Technicians bottoms out near $31K and approaches $72K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $4K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Job satisfaction for Electrical Technicians is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,730 - $72,247

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$14.09 - $29.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,730 - $72,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,041  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,953  
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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$30,894 - $72,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $29.88  
   
Overtime
$19.44 - $44.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,953  
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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$30,894 - $72,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 460
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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 do not often transition into Electrical Engineer roles. The role averages $68K per year. As Electrical Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Electrician Journeymans. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $49K per year. Another common career choice for Electrical Technicians is to move into a Maintenance Technician role. Typically, Maintenance Technicians get paid $38K.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Electrical Technicians report a focused set of job 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 6 percent to 13 percent more than the national average. 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. Electrical Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $58K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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
$47,000


Skills That Affect Electrical Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 13%
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