Electrician Salary

Men make up the majority of Electricians in the United States, bringing in about $20.62 per hour. The final incomes of Electricians generally vary between $29K and $81K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $8K, $10K, and $26K, respectively. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Electricians is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$28,346 - $91,210
$28K
$51K
$91K
MEDIAN: $51,033
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$13.49 - $34.49
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MEDIAN: $20.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$28,346 - $91,210  
   
Bonus
$293.12 - $8,326  
Profit Sharing
$480.05 - $10,040  
Commission
$0.00 - $26,000  
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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$29,140 - $81,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,125
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $34.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.85  
Overtime
$19.42 - $53.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$293.12 - $8,326  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $26,000  
Profit Sharing
$480.05 - $10,040  
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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$29,140 - $81,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,640
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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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While Electricians do not often become Construction Project Managers, the job pays $70K per year on average. Electricians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Electrician Journeymans or Certified Electricians. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Electricians include Electric Co., Self-Employed, U.S. Navy, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Berg Electric Corp. U.S. Navy attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $65K. Union Pacific Railroad, Berg Electric Corp., and Huntington Ingalls Industries are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Electricians earning around $64K, $61K, or $56K at each firm, respectively.

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, Systems Troubleshooting, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include pipe bending, Residential, and Electronic Equipment Installation. Those proficient in Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Maintenance 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Electricians. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. For Electricians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $59K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,278

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Home to some of the best pay for Electricians, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+34 percent), San Diego (+30 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Orlando and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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 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 Los Angeles:
`"$Like a professor/teacher."`
Pros: In line of my profession I always encountered challenges in my work. Even if it is very hazardous sometimes the area is unsafe. But, I always do my job to make it better.
Cons: In line of my profession sometimes I encountered electric shock while I troubleshoot in control panel or other electrical equipment.

Electrician in Hawthorne:
`"$Electrical work."`
Pros: Being an electrical is probably thee best construction Work you can do. Involves using your mind. More you know and can learn, the more money you can make. Not too labor intensive. Field is well respected from others. Good benefits.
Cons: Long hours sometimes. Feeling of getting overwhelmed by meeting deadlines. At times it gets very stressful.

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Key Stats for Electrician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 866 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

▲26%

▲13%

▲2%

National Average
$47,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 866 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: 34%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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