Electrician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electricians earn an average of $20.70 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electricians. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths.

$29,745 - $82,877
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$83K
MEDIAN: $50,400
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$13.66 - $34.66
(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
$29,745 - $82,877  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,411  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $7,851  
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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$29,651 - $80,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 935
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $34.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.22  
Overtime
$18.50 - $51.14  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,411  
   
Commission
$24.57 - $18,313  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $7,851  
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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$29,651 - $80,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,422
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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.

Common Career Paths for Electrician


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At the upper end, Electricians who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $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 $2K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Electric Co., U.S. Navy, Self-Employed, Berg Electric Corp., and Tradesmen International, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Electricians. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Berg Electric Corp. offers the most; Electricians earn $61K on average there. Also paying near the top of the field are Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc at $54K, Self-Employed at $51K, and U.S. Navy, where Electricians annually earn $50K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Electric Co. ($45K), M.C. Dean, Inc. ($46K), and Miller Electric Company ($47K).

Popular Skills for Electrician


Electricians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Journeyman, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, and Solar Energy / Solar Power are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Controls, Residential, and Blueprints. 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.


Electricians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Electricians make a median salary of $51K. Electricians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Electricians, 43 percent higher than the national average. Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+34 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Phoenix (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Journeyman
up arrow 25%



Industrial
up arrow 14%



Maintenance
up arrow 4%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Electrician
up arrow 2%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Commercial
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
up arrow 6%


Controls
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 887 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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