Lineman Salary

Men make up the majority of Linemans in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $24.80 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most Linemans like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,748 - $97,644
(Median)
$34K
$60K
$98K
MEDIAN: $59,999
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$14.75 - $38.66
(Median)
$15
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,748 - $97,644  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,009  
Profit Sharing
$506  
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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$32,011 - $94,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $38.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.26  
Overtime
$19.85 - $60.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$506  
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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$32,011 - $94,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 719
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Job Description for Lineman

  • Inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and cables.
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution.
  • Splice, solder and insulate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution.
  • Erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires.
  • Install and maintain street lighting systems.

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With a median salary of only $52K, Pike Electric, Inc. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $38K to $72K isn't that wide, either.

Pay by Experience Level for Lineman

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $46K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. Linemans bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Linemans who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $72K.

Lineman Reviews

What is it like working as a Lineman?

Lineman in Oklahoma City:
"It's a rewarding, but also stressful and demanding job."
Pros: Being around the aviation environment is very enjoyable for me. You see all sorts of aircraft and nearly every day is interesting.
Cons: The responsibilities and stress of moving extremely expensive aircraft. One mistake and it's over.

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Experience Affects Lineman Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$57,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Lineman Salaries

National Average
$57,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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