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Electrician Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Electricians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.57 per hour. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electricians. Although more than half have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Electrician Salary (?
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$29,670 - $83,837
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MEDIAN: $49,958
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Electrician Salary (?
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$13.57 - $34.61
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,670 - $83,837  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,175  
Profit Sharing
$399.32 - $7,979  
Commission
$25.00 - $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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$29,549 - $80,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 742
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.57 - $34.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.57  
Overtime
$18.26 - $50.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,175  
   
Commission
$25.00 - $18,000  
Profit Sharing
$399.32 - $7,979  
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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$29,549 - $80,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,134
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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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Electricians who go on to become Construction Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Construction Project Managers is $70K annually. Electricians most often move into positions as Electrician Journeymans or Certified Electricians; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

Electrician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician

Electric Co., Self-Employed, Tradesmen International, Inc., Berg Electric Corp., and Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Electricians. For Electricians, comfortable salaries can be found at Berg Electric Corp.; in fact, median earnings sit around $61K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Electrician

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Solar Energy / Solar Power, Project Management, and Industrial are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Controls, Blueprints, and Residential. 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.
For many Electricians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $45K. Electricians bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $57K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Electricians in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh Electricians earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 19 percent less in Orlando and 11 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries

National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 784 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
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
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 35%