Electrician Salary

A sizeable majority of Electricians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.71 per hour. Total cash compensation to Electricians approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $81K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,709 - $90,437
$29K
$51K
$90K
MEDIAN: $51,137
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.52 - $34.52
$14
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $20.71
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$28,709 - $90,437  
   
Bonus
$292.93 - $8,096  
Profit Sharing
$422.73 - $9,973  
Commission
$-0.50 - $25,826  
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).
)
$29,262 - $81,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $34.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.77  
Overtime
$19.44 - $52.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$292.93 - $8,096  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $25,826  
Profit Sharing
$422.73 - $9,973  
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).
)
$29,262 - $81,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,959

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Electrician Tasks

  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair all power generation and distribution equipment.
  • Study and understand electrical schematics.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Electrician


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


While not commonly seen, Electricians who transition into a Construction Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year. A common career progression for an Electrician is to become an Electrician Journeyman or a Certified Electrician. Compared to Electricians, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

Electrician Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Electricians flock to Electric Co., Self-Employed, U.S. Navy, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Berg Electric Corp., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. U.S. Navy attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $65K. Union Pacific Railroad, Berg Electric Corp., and Huntington Ingalls Industries also offer top salaries for Electricians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $64K, $61K, and $56K, respectively.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Survey takers working as Electricians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Industrial, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include pipe bending, Residential, and Electronic Equipment Installation. The majority of those who know Troubleshooting also know Maintenance and Residential. The majority of those who know Commercial also know Residential and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrician

Pay by Experience for an Electrician has a positive trend. An entry-level Electrician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 2,899 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electrician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 2,291 salaries. An experienced Electrician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 2,766 salaries. An Electrician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 1,703 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,494

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

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Electricians, 36 percent higher than the national average. Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+33 percent), San Diego (+30 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Dallas (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Electrician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Electrician?

Electrician in Fort Collins:
"The Management."
Pros: The company and people I work for.
Cons: Commuting.

Electrician in Chino:
"Exciting and very challenging."
Pros: I like that it's different every day you never do the same thing twice it's very challenging and it tests your ability.
Cons: It's very dangerous and many people have lost their lives doing it.

Electrician in Riverside:
"Best damn time I've ever had."
Pros: The problem solving. It's never the same repetitive motion through out the day. Always have to think ahead. Being creative on how to get the job done.
Cons: The heat. Other than that it's all fun in games.

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.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Electrician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 962 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%
ADVERTISEMENT
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Electrician Salaries

▲25%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$47,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 962 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 36%
ADVERTISEMENT