Industrial Electrician Salary

Industrial Electricians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $23.47 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Industrial Electricians spread between $36K and $81K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Industrial Electricians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,789 - $84,051
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$84K
MEDIAN: $59,072
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$15.80 - $32.17
(Median)
$16
$23
$32
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,789 - $84,051  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,073  
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $7,262  
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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$36,010 - $80,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.80 - $32.17  
   
Overtime
$22.66 - $48.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $7,262  
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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$36,010 - $80,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 893
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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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For Industrial Electricians, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Industrial Electricians earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Automation Technician.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Electrician


Industrial Electricians report using a diverse set of skills 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. Most people skilled in Controls are similarly competent in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $53K. Industrial Electricians see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Industrial Electricians in Dallas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Industrial Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+21 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Columbus (+8 percent), and Milwaukee (+8 percent). Lancaster is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers in Tampa and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$55,000

Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

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