Electrician Salary (United States)

An Electrician earns an average wage of $20.20 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are foreman, Controls, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, Industrial, and Project Management. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Electrician Total Pay (?
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$29,531 - $81,983
(Median)
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37K
49K
62K
82K
MEDIAN: $49,371
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Electrician Total Pay (?
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$13.20 - $34.11
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,531 - $81,983  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,358  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $7,728  
Commission
$300.00 - $18,000  
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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$28,933 - $79,217  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,460
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.20 - $34.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.57  
Overtime
$17.93 - $49.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,358  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $18,000  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $7,728  
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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$28,933 - $79,217  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,460
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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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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

foreman
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Controls
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Industrial
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Plant Maintenance
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Systems Troubleshooting
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$45,000
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Gender
Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
23%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 36%
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