Entry-Level Electrician Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Electricians sits in the ballpark of $15.81 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,292 - $71,123
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,888
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$10.96 - $25.52
(Median)
$11
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,292 - $71,123  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,938  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $41,873  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$23,950 - $60,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $25.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.06  
Overtime
$15.24 - $38.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,938  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $41,873  
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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$23,950 - $60,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,253
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,710

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Relative to Entry-Level Electricians in the rest of the country, Entry-Level Electricians in San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. In Orlando, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Pittsburgh (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Solar Energy / Solar Power
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Project Management
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Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$36,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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