Journeyman Lineman Salary
Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Journeyman Linemans earn an average of $33.11 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Journeyman Linemans like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Journeyman Lineman
Journeyman linemen work with the installation and maintenance of electrical power lines (both buried and above-ground), transformers, and other related equipment. They may also maintain electrical installments, such as city lights and stop lights. Periodic testing and maintenance of equipment and the use of power tools are often necessary for this position.Read More...
This job often requires climbing electrical poles, so it is important to have physical strength and comfort working at heights. It may occasionally be necessary to remove hazards that have fallen on, or are obstructing, power lines. The situation may sometimes be dangerous, especially when power lines have broken, and these linemen are often exposed to harsh weather conditions such as extreme heat. It is important to always adhere to safety guidelines and laws in order to ensure the safety of both co-workers and the general public.
A valid driver’s license is generally required for this position, as the work involves traveling from place to place. Most employers also require a minimum of a high school diploma and certification as a journeyman, which is acquired by completing an apprenticeship program and exam. There may be further tests administered by the company prior to being hired to ensure the lineman's knowledge. Physical assessments are often part of the screening process and may include the ability to lift heavy objects, sometimes weighing over 100 pounds. Hours for this job vary, as journeyman linemen are required around-the-clock to be able to respond to complaints and emergencies.
Journeyman Lineman Tasks
- Operate, maintain, and build electrical systems.
- Trim trees and remove obstacles.
- Install and maintain wires, insulation, transformers, and other equipment.
- Create infrastructure for electrical systems, such as towers, poles, underground tunnels, and substations.
- Supervise and inspect work done by others for safety and quality.
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Duke Energy Corp offers the largest salaries in town — $84K on average.
Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Lineman
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $59K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $72K. On average, Journeyman Linemans make $75K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $79K.