Electrician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electricians earn an average of $20.71 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. The majority of Electricians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,815 - $84,206
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$84K
MEDIAN: $50,367
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$13.69 - $34.69
(Median)
$14
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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
$29,815 - $84,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,389  
Profit Sharing
$370.50 - $7,951  
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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$29,765 - $80,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 818
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $34.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.36  
Overtime
$18.50 - $50.78  
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 - $2,389  
   
Commission
$24.57 - $18,313  
Profit Sharing
$370.50 - $7,951  
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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$29,765 - $80,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,683

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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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At the upper end, Electricians who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. The most common next step for an Electrician is to become an Electrician Journeyman or a Certified Electrician. The former position pays an additional $1K per year on average, and the latter position pays $3K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Electricians fill the offices of leading firms Electric Co., U.S. Navy, Self-Employed, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Berg Electric Corp. Electricians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Berg Electric Corp., where the average salary comes to $61K.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Survey takers working as Electricians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Solar Energy / Solar Power, Industrial, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 17 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Blueprints as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Controls and Residential also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Commercial tend to be well versed in Residential and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Electricians. 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. Electricians bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Electricians will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+34 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and San Diego (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (16 percent lower) and Atlanta (14 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries



Industrial
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National Average
$47,000

Systems Troubleshooting
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Equipment Maintenance
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Controls
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 869 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
32%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 35%