Electrician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Electricians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.90 per hour nationwide. Cash earnings for Electricians — including $8K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $82K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electricians. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$28,425 - $92,478
$28K
$51K
$92K
MEDIAN: $51,247
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$13.64 - $34.67
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$0$92K
Salary $28,425 - $92,478
Bonus $291.58 - $8,095
Profit Sharing $429.69 - $9,899
Commission $-0.50 - $25,644
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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$29,508 - $82,030
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,193
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $13.64 - $34.67
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $10.77
Overtime $19.63 - $53.26
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $291.58 - $8,095
Commission $-0.50 - $25,644
Profit Sharing $429.69 - $9,899
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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$29,508 - $82,030
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,835

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Electricians sometimes become Construction Project Managers, where the average income is $70K per year. Career advancement for the typical Electrician often leads to becoming an Electrician Journeyman or a Certified Electrician; median salaries in these positions are $1K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Electric Co., Self-Employed, U.S. Navy, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Berg Electric Corp. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Electricians. U.S. Navy leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $65K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Union Pacific Railroad, Berg Electric Corp., and Huntington Ingalls Industries, where Electricians typically earn around $64K, $61K, or $56K, respectively.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Electricians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 12 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include pipe bending, Residential, and Electronic Equipment Installation. Skill sets containing Troubleshooting also tend to include Maintenance and Residential. Those proficient in Commercial are, more often than not, also skilled in Residential and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrician

Pay by Experience for an Electrician has a positive trend. An entry-level Electrician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 2,899 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electrician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 2,291 salaries. An experienced Electrician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 2,766 salaries. An Electrician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 1,703 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,020

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

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Electricians, 34 percent above the national average. Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+32 percent), San Diego (+28 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Dallas (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, 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 High Point:
Pros: The people I work with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cons: Too fast pace!!! Don't have time to learn much more!!!

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 Denver:
"It's great I love being a Electrician."
Pros: The feeling of accomplishment when I complete a project.
Cons: Not knowing enough.

Electrician in Corpus Christi:
"Is a very good job."
Pros: Is fun trouble shooting and wiring a house whit some of the workers.
Cons: Jet blame for son thing I didn't do.

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Key Stats for Electrician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1041 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

▲24%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$48,000

▼23%

Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1041 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: 35%
no benefits
None: 36%
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