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Electrician Salary

A sizeable majority of Electricians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.69 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$29,740 - $83,933
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$84K
MEDIAN: $50,422
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$13.69 - $34.76
(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
$29,740 - $83,933  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,094  
Profit Sharing
$379.11 - $7,937  
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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$29,739 - $80,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 849
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $34.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.29  
Overtime
$18.53 - $50.94  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,094  
   
Commission
$24.57 - $18,313  
Profit Sharing
$379.11 - $7,937  
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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$29,739 - $80,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,892

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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


Electric Co., U.S. Navy, Self-Employed, Berg Electric Corp., and Tradesmen International, Inc. are top-notch employers for Electricians in this area. The biggest paychecks can be found at Berg Electric Corp. — the median salary there 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 $47K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Electricians there earn up to $97K.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Electricians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 skilled in Commercial are similarly competent in Residential and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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 $45K. For Electricians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Electricians, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above 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 (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Pittsburgh and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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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%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 3%

Electrician
up arrow 1%

Commercial
0%

National Average
$47,000

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 5%


Controls
up arrow 12%

Blueprints
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 873 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: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 35%
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