Entry-Level Electrician Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Electricians lies in the neighborhood of $16.18 per hour. In the world of Entry-Level Electricians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $51K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $61K. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Electricians is high. 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 a little more than half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,124 - $79,396
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$45K
$79K
MEDIAN: $44,702
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$11.43 - $25.28
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MEDIAN: $16.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$24,124 - $79,396  
   
Bonus
$150.20 - $4,823  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $51,064  
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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$24,554 - $61,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 420
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $25.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$16.17 - $37.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$150.20 - $4,823  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $51,064  
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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$24,554 - $61,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,479

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,920

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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Electricians in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+35 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and Columbus (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Phoenix and 10 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Electrician Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Electrician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 288 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
22%
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Skills That Affect Electrician Salaries

Industrial
▲19%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▲14%

Solar Energy / Solar Power
▲12%

Project Management
▲8%

ELECTRICAL
▲8%


▲2%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▲1%

Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$37,000

▼3%

pipe bending
▼4%

▼7%

Electrician
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 288 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 44%