Entry-Level Electrician Salary

For Entry-Level Electricians, hourly average wages total $15.86 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around two in five lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and nearly two in five have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Electricians. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,468 - $73,430
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$73K
MEDIAN: $41,029
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$10.87 - $26.01
(Median)
$11
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,468 - $73,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,641  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $40,584  
Commission
$150.00 - $33,500  
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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$23,701 - $61,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $26.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.63  
Overtime
$15.29 - $38.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,641  
   
Commission
$150.00 - $33,500  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $40,584  
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).
)
$23,701 - $61,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,584
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Pay Difference by Location


San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Electricians, 31 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Electricians will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+26 percent), Houston (+21 percent), Portland (+18 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Kansas City is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Electrician Advice

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

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 Entry-Level Electrician Salaries

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 21%

Solar Energy / Solar Power
up arrow 12%

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

Maintenance
up arrow 5%

National Average
$36,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Commercial
up arrow 3%


Electrician
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 39%
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