Electricians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.57 per hour. The final incomes of Electricians generally vary between $29K and $80K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $8K, $9K, and $26K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,549 - $89,790
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$29K
$51K
$90K
MEDIAN: $50,740
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$13.35 - $34.15
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$28,549 - $89,790  
   
Bonus
$302.30 - $8,047  
Profit Sharing
$458.50 - $9,000  
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).
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$28,880 - $80,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $34.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.82  
Overtime
$19.14 - $52.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$302.30 - $8,047  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $25,826  
Profit Sharing
$458.50 - $9,000  
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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$28,880 - $80,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,632
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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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While Electricians do not often become Construction Project Managers, the job pays $70K per year on average. Electrician Journeymans or Certified Electricians are common next-step roles for Electricians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Electrician Journeymans is $2K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Certified Electricians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electrician


Electric Co., Self-Employed, U.S. Navy, Tradesmen International, Inc., and Miller Electric Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Electricians. Union Pacific Railroad offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $64K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Berg Electric Corp., U.S. Navy, and Miller Electric Company, where earnings of $61K, $60K, or $57K are standard for Electricians.

Popular Skills for Electrician


Survey results imply that Electricians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 29 percent, 19 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Blueprints, Residential, and ELECTRICAL. It is often found that people who know Troubleshooting are also skilled in Maintenance and Residential. Those proficient in Commercial are, more often than not, 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. Electricians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,855

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

For Electricians, Boston provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+35 percent), Seattle (+33 percent), San Diego (+29 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Electricians in Phoenix make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Orlando and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

Electrician Reviews

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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Experience Affects Electrician Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries








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Troubleshooting
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National Average
$47,000

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Controls
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 819 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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