Electrician Salary

Male Electricians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.70 per hour in the United States. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Electricians report high levels of job satisfaction.

$30,048 - $82,354

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$13.68 - $34.55

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,048 - $82,354  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,435  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $7,993  
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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$29,741 - $80,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 931
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $34.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.22  
Overtime
$18.55 - $51.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,435  
   
Commission
$24.57 - $18,313  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $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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$29,741 - $80,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,536
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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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Electricians who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $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, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Berg Electric Corp. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Electricians. Berg Electric Corp. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $61K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc, Self-Employed, and U.S. Navy, where earnings of $54K, $51K, or $50K are standard for Electricians.

Electric Co., M.C. Dean, Inc. and Miller Electric Company are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $45K, $46K, and $47K.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Electricians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with foreman, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, and Solar Energy / Solar Power are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Controls, Residential, and Blueprints. Most people who know Commercial also know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. Electricians see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Electricians that is 43 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+34 percent), Seattle (+31 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Phoenix (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Electrician Reviews

What is it like working as an Electrician?

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

foreman
up arrow 36%



Industrial
up arrow 11%



Maintenance
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Electrician
up arrow 1%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Commercial
up arrow 1%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%


Controls
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 884 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
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%
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