Electrician Salary

Men make up the majority of Electricians in the United States, bringing in about $20.69 per hour. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electricians. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well.

$29,801 - $83,168
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$83K
MEDIAN: $50,493
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$13.67 - $34.68
(Median)
$14
$21
$35
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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,801 - $83,168  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,396  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $7,866  
Commission
$25.00 - $18,000  
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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$29,679 - $80,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 920
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.67 - $34.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.22  
Overtime
$18.54 - $51.08  
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 - $2,396  
   
Commission
$25.00 - $18,000  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $7,866  
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).
)
$29,679 - $80,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,351
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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.

Common Career Paths for Electrician


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Electricians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager. The average Construction Project Manager brings home $70K per year. Typical career progression for an Electrician involves becoming an Electrician Journeyman or a Certified Electrician, roles that pay $2K more and $3K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Electricians include Electric Co., U.S. Navy, Self-Employed, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Berg Electric Corp. Berg Electric Corp. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $61K. Other big spenders include Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc, Self-Employed, and U.S. Navy, top-paying firms where Electricians see paychecks nearing $54K, $51K, or $50K.

Other low-paying employers include M.C. Dean, Inc. at $44K and Electric Co. at $45K, though some Electricians there earn up to $86K.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Electricians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Journeyman, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, and Solar Energy / Solar Power are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 19 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Blueprints, Controls, and Residential. Those proficient in Commercial are, more often than not, also skilled in Residential and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Electricians. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. Electricians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Electricians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Electricians, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+34 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers in Pittsburgh and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Journeyman
up arrow 25%



Industrial
up arrow 14%



Maintenance
up arrow 3%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Electrician
up arrow 2%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Commercial
0%

National Average
$47,000


Controls
up arrow 14%

Blueprints
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 883 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 35%
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