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Electrician Salary

A sizeable majority of Electricians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.68 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. The majority of Electricians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well.

$29,753 - $84,247
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$84K
MEDIAN: $50,537
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$13.69 - $34.73
(Median)
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$21
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,753 - $84,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,251  
Profit Sharing
$384.60 - $7,909  
Commission
$24.57 - $18,313  
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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$29,726 - $80,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 878
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $34.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.29  
Overtime
$18.65 - $50.99  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,251  
   
Commission
$24.57 - $18,313  
Profit Sharing
$384.60 - $7,909  
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).
)
$29,726 - $80,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,036
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Job Description for Electrician

An electrician is needed in almost every business, including the commercial and residential sectors. An electrician can work for themselves or they can work for many different types of companies such as hospitals, handyman businesses, railroads, and many major corporations. In many states, an electrician needs to be licensed by his or her state board agency. They usually attend a trade school and must pass an examination. Also, there are a lot of electricians that do apprenticeships. Electricians work in various environments: some hot, cold, indoor, and outdoor. They must be flexible in the type of environment they are willing to work in. An electrician can have set hours if they are working for a business or corporation, but most electricians do not have a set schedule, and many respond to after-hour emergency calls. Also, with an aging population and many seniors wanting to remain in their homes, a lot of electricians are needed to re-wire older homes. Electricians usually bid on major contractor jobs, and if an electrician can secure a contract, their work hours and days may increase. Electricians can have really busy days or slow days. It's all depends if they are self-employed or working for someone else. It is predicted that the need for electricians will increase significantly by 2018. As far as typical co-workers go, most electricians work alone, and if your someone who enjoys working alone, then an electrician may be just the job for you. Electricians will always be needed for new construction of homes and businesses and for the maintenance of older homes and businesses.


Electrician Tasks

  • 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.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair all power generation and distribution equipment.
  • Study and understand electrical schematics.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Many Electricians can be found at Electric Co., U.S. Navy, Self-Employed, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Berg Electric Corp., firms that are at the top of the field. Berg Electric Corp. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $61K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc, Self-Employed, and U.S. Navy, where Electricians typically earn around $54K, $51K, or $50K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include M.C. Dean, Inc. at $44K, and Electric Co. where $46K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Electricians there earn up to $95K.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Survey takers working as Electricians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Industrial, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Solar Energy / Solar Power, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Blueprints as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Controls and Residential also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Commercial also know Residential and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrician

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


For many Electricians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Electricians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Electricians, 44 percent higher than the national average. Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+33 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Pittsburgh earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 14 percent.

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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Industrial
up arrow 19%





Maintenance
up arrow 4%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Electrician
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Commercial
0%

National Average
$47,000

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 3%


Controls
up arrow 12%

Blueprints
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 875 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 35%
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