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Industrial Electrician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Industrial Electricians earn an average of $23.50 per hour. Total cash earnings of Industrial Electricians range from $36K on the low end to $81K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $8K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Industrial Electricians report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,075 - $86,840
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$87K
MEDIAN: $59,339
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$15.92 - $31.91
(Median)
$16
$23
$32
MEDIAN: $23.00
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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,075 - $86,840  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,152  
Profit Sharing
$1,005 - $7,919  
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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$36,303 - $81,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.92 - $31.91  
   
Overtime
$22.71 - $48.29  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,005 - $7,919  
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).
)
$36,303 - $81,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 852

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Job Description for Industrial Electrician

Industrial electricians perform a variety of functions related to electrical controls, equipment, and wiring in an industrial plant or worksite. Their work may involve testing, troubleshooting, installation, and repair of the electrical components. In addition, they read and interpret blueprints and specifications, as well as remain current on electrical code specifications for the area.

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Industrial Electrician Tasks

  • Perform scheduled preventive maintenance activities on equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and repair material handling equipment.
  • Support customers by effectively interfacing with customer and office in repairing equipment as needed.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical equipment.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations regarding required repairs and maintenance.

Common Career Paths for Industrial Electrician


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Many Industrial Electricians move into an Automation Technician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Automation Technicians on average bring in a similar salary to Industrial Electricians.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Electrician


Industrial Electricians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Controls, Systems Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Those familiar with Controls also tend to know Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Electrician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Industrial Electricians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. Industrial Electricians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Industrial Electricians will find that Detroit offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Industrial Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent) and Milwaukee (+11 percent). Lancaster is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tampa (14 percent less) and Baltimore (11 percent less).

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Experience Affects Industrial Electrician Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Industrial Electrician Salaries



Systems Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%