Electrician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electricians earn an average of $20.94 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Electricians can bottom out near $30K or peak near $82K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. Most Electricians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,616 - $97,350
$29K
$52K
$97K
MEDIAN: $51,732
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$13.75 - $34.86
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MEDIAN: $21.06
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$0$97K
Salary $28,616 - $97,350
Bonus $251.68 - $8,198
Profit Sharing $407.72 - $9,955
Commission $-0.50 - $25,644
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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$29,790 - $82,821
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,193
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $13.75 - $34.86
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $9.19
Overtime $19.69 - $53.46
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $251.68 - $8,198
Commission $-0.50 - $25,644
Profit Sharing $407.72 - $9,955
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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$29,790 - $82,821
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,754

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Job Description for Electrician

Electricians work for a wide variety of companies, perform a multitude of tasks that generally require close attention to detail and good judgment, and have a journeyman electrician's license. These licenses typically require four years of apprentice work. That time includes some classroom instruction and a good deal of actual fieldwork. Certain states and companies may require a master electrician's license, which entails several more years of experience working as a journeyman.

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Electrician Tasks

  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair all power generation and distribution equipment.
  • Study and understand electrical schematics.
  • Assist in performing and interpreting power calculations, power factor, insulation tests and positive relay tests as required.
  • Perform daily inspections and maintenance on electrical equipment.

Common Career Paths for Electrician


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Electricians do not often transition into Construction Project Manager roles. The role averages $70K per year. When Electricians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Electrician Journeymans or Certified Electricians. Those roles pay an additional $1K and $2K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Electricians, Electric Co., Self-Employed, U.S. Navy, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Berg Electric Corp. are leading firms in the industry. U.S. Navy leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $65K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Union Pacific Railroad, Berg Electric Corp., and Huntington Ingalls Industries, where Electricians typically earn around $64K, $61K, or $56K, respectively.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Industrial, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include pipe bending, Residential, and Electronic Equipment Installation. Most people experienced in Commercial also know Residential and Maintenance. Most people skilled in Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Maintenance and Residential.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrician

Pay by Experience for an Electrician has a positive trend. An entry-level Electrician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 2,899 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electrician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 2,291 salaries. An experienced Electrician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 2,766 salaries. An Electrician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 1,703 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,321

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Electricians, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+32 percent), San Diego (+28 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (15 percent lower) and Dallas (13 percent lower).

Electrician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Electrician?

Electrician in Fort Collins:
"The Management."
Pros: The company and people I work for.
Cons: Commuting.

Electrician in High Point:
Pros: The people I work with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cons: Too fast pace!!! Don't have time to learn much more!!!

Electrician in Chino:
"Exciting and very challenging."
Pros: I like that it's different every day you never do the same thing twice it's very challenging and it tests your ability.
Cons: It's very dangerous and many people have lost their lives doing it.

Electrician in Riverside:
"Best damn time I've ever had."
Pros: The problem solving. It's never the same repetitive motion through out the day. Always have to think ahead. Being creative on how to get the job done.
Cons: The heat. Other than that it's all fun in games.

Electrician in Weslaco:
"I love my job."
Pros: Working with conduit piping. Working with wires. Working with electricity. Learning the blueprints/plans.
Cons: The pay.

Electrician in Denver:
"It's great I love being a Electrician."
Pros: The feeling of accomplishment when I complete a project.
Cons: Not knowing enough.

Electrician in Corpus Christi:
"Is a very good job."
Pros: Is fun trouble shooting and wiring a house whit some of the workers.
Cons: Jet blame for son thing I didn't do.

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Key Stats for Electrician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1111 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries

▲23%

▲10%

▼0%

National Average
$48,000

▼24%

Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1111 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 37%
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