Electrician Salary

Men make up the majority of Electricians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.71 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Electricians is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,673 - $82,804
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$83K
MEDIAN: $50,397
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$13.56 - $34.35
(Median)
$14
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$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,673 - $82,804  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,940  
Profit Sharing
$403.29 - $7,993  
Commission
$513  
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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$29,365 - $80,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $34.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.05  
Overtime
$18.83 - $51.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,940  
   
Commission
$513  
Profit Sharing
$403.29 - $7,993  
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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$29,365 - $80,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7,096
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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

  • 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Electricians sometimes become Construction Project Managers, where the average income is $70K per year. Electrician Journeymans or Certified Electricians are common next-step roles for Electricians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Electrician Journeymans is $2K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for Certified Electricians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Electric Co., U.S. Navy, Self-Employed, Gaylor Group Inc., and Tradesmen International, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Electricians. Berg Electric Corp. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $61K. Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc, U.S. Navy, and Self-Employed are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Electricians earning around $54K, $53K, or $51K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Tradesmen International, Inc. at $38K and Electric Co. at $41K, though some Electricians there earn up to $82K.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Survey results imply that Electricians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 12 percent and 18 percent. Those listing ELECTRICAL as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Electronic Equipment Installation and Controls also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Commercial indicates knowledge of 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,162

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Electricians, Boston provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+36 percent), Seattle (+30 percent), San Diego (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 17 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 13 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Pittsburgh and Phoenix.

Electrician Reviews

What is it like working as an Electrician?

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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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Industrial
up arrow 18%






Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Electrician
up arrow 1%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Commercial
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%


Controls
up arrow 12%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 14%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1046 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

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