A sizeable majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.71 per hour. Total cash compensation for Electrical Technicians runs from $30K to $74K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Electrical Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,447 - $81,165
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,677
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$13.94 - $30.24
(Median)
$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$31,447 - $81,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$30,379 - $74,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $30.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$20.73 - $43.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$30,379 - $74,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 528
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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.

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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 $69K per year. An Electrical Technician may also move into a role as an Electrician Journeyman or an Instrument and Electrical Technician.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Electrical Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Equipment Installation. Most people who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. Electrical Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $57K.

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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
$48,000



Skills That Affect Electrical Technician Salaries



Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$48,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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