Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electricians earn an average of $20.57 per hour. Total cash incomes of Electricians run from $29K to $81K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K, profit sharing that reaches $7K, and some commissions of nearly $26K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$28,858 - $89,782
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$13.43 - $34.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$28,858 - $89,782  
   
Bonus
$256.39 - $8,261  
Profit Sharing
$414.09 - $7,149  
Commission
$0.00 - $26,000  
Total Pay (?
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$29,049 - $81,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $34.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.70  
Overtime
$19.30 - $52.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$256.39 - $8,261  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $26,000  
Profit Sharing
$414.09 - $7,149  
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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$29,049 - $81,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,826

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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

  • 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


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Though it's uncommon, some Electricians move into roles as Construction Project Managers, where pay is an average $70K per year. 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Electricians fill the offices of leading firms Electric Co., Self-Employed, U.S. Navy, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Berg Electric Corp. Electricians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Union Pacific Railroad, where the average salary comes to $64K. Berg Electric Corp., U.S. Navy, and Huntington Ingalls Industries are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Electricians earning around $61K, $60K, or $56K at each firm, respectively.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Electricians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Industrial, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 19 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include pipe bending, Residential, and Electronic Equipment Installation. Most people familiar with Troubleshooting also know Maintenance and Residential. It is often found that people who know Commercial are also skilled in Residential and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrician

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


Electricians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. On average, Electricians make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,921

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With a pay rate for Electricians that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+35 percent), Chicago (+33 percent), San Diego (+32 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Electricians in Phoenix take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (12 percent less) and Dallas (11 percent less).

Electrician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Electrician?

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.

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Key Stats for Electrician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 855 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 855 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
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: 34%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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