For Entry-Level Electricians, hourly average wages total $16.00 per hour. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Electricians runs from $24K to $61K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $52K. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Electricians. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over one-half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,221 - $75,893
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$76K
MEDIAN: $42,224
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$11.27 - $25.24
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,221 - $75,893  
   
Bonus
$151.63 - $4,102  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $51,521  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$24,355 - $60,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.27 - $25.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.69  
Overtime
$16.15 - $37.09  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$151.63 - $4,102  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $51,521  
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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$24,355 - $60,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,441
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,208

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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Electricians in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Electricians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+37 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Kansas City (+13 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (14 percent lower) and Phoenix (12 percent lower).

Electrician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Electrician in Green River:
"Work schedule."
Work hard, give 150 percent all of the time and consideration to the needs of your employer at all times.

Electrician in Jacksonville:
"Read Everything."
A career in the Electrical field, weather as a technician or an engineer, benefits most quickly by building strong research habits. One must be able to decipher a myriad of terms and symbols to understand how to work on an accessory or component; not being limited to only understanding what they are working on, but how to work on it. Reading correctly will enable time saved on parts ordered, or steps taken when completing a specific task or project.

Electrician in St. Louis:
"That it had more equal opportunities to learn and make more."
Electricians get low pay and there is nearly no opportunity for good employment.

Electrician in Phoenix:
"Expect nothing."
New electricians will work at least three times as hard as older electricians or journeyman and receive less than half of the praise, in general. You're expected to WANT to learn the trade, more than just know something. You should be punctual and most importantly teachable.

Electrician in Shelton:
"The Economy Is A Grave Factor In Work Availability."
Wait 5 to 10 years and get into computer type of employment instead. Even boat repair but not housing related and even commercial work is still low in pay as the market has been flooded by the residential electricians.

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Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Industrial
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Project Management
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
0%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 272 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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