Electrician Salary

Men account for the majority of Electricians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.71 per hour. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Electricians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,673 - $82,804
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$83K
MEDIAN: $50,397
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$13.56 - $34.35
(Median)
$14
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,673 - $82,804  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,940  
Profit Sharing
$403.29 - $7,993  
Commission
$513  
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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$29,365 - $80,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $34.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.05  
Overtime
$18.83 - $51.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,940  
   
Commission
$513  
Profit Sharing
$403.29 - $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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$29,365 - $80,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7,096
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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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There are some Electricians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Construction Project Managers, where earnings are an average $70K annually. It is quite typical for Electricians to transition into roles as Electrician Journeymans or Certified Electricians, where reported median earnings are $2K and $3K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Electricians, Electric Co., U.S. Navy, Self-Employed, Gaylor Group Inc., and Tradesmen International, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Berg Electric Corp. — the median salary there is $61K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc, U.S. Navy, and Self-Employed, where earnings of $54K, $53K, or $51K are standard for Electricians.

Other low-paying employers include Tradesmen International, Inc. at $38K and Electric Co. at $41K, though some Electricians there earn up to $82K.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Electricians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Industrial, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Solar Energy / Solar Power, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 18 percent. Those listing ELECTRICAL as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Electronic Equipment Installation and Controls also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Commercial tend to be well versed in Residential and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Electricians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Electricians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,162

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

For those looking to make money, Electricians in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+36 percent), Seattle (+30 percent), San Diego (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Pittsburgh and Phoenix (13 percent lower).

Electrician Reviews

What is it like working as an Electrician?

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 Los Angeles:
"Like a professor/teacher."
Pros: In line of my profession I always encountered challenges in my work. Even if it is very hazardous sometimes the area is unsafe. But, I always do my job to make it better.
Cons: In line of my profession sometimes I encountered electric shock while I troubleshoot in control panel or other electrical equipment.

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

Industrial
up arrow 18%






Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Electrician
up arrow 1%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Commercial
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%


Controls
up arrow 12%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 14%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1046 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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