Entry-Level Electrician Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Electricians come in at around $15.84 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Electricians. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and about two in five receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,194 - $73,272
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$73K
MEDIAN: $40,897
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$10.86 - $25.98
(Median)
$11
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,194 - $73,272  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,649  
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).
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$23,649 - $61,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $25.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.63  
Overtime
$15.22 - $38.78  
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 - $1,649  
   
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).
)
$23,649 - $61,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,598
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Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Electricians that is 31 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Electricians will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+26 percent), Houston (+21 percent), Portland (+18 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Kansas City, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (10 percent less) and Atlanta (8 percent less).

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%

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Solar Energy / Solar Power
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 232 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 40%
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