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Lineman Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Linemans in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.16 per hour nationwide. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Linemans report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Lineman Salary (?
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$29,996 - $96,970
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MEDIAN: $57,812
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Lineman Salary (?
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$13.16 - $36.24
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$29,996 - $96,970  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,953  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $5,500  
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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$29,945 - $88,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.16 - $36.24  
   
Overtime
$16.13 - $59.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $5,500  
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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$29,945 - $88,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 464
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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.

Lineman Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lineman

Duke Energy Corp does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $65K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $25K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $82K. Pike Electric, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $47K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $36K and $71K. Duke Energy Corp also ranks near the bottom for pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Lineman

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Linemans. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Linemans who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $71K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one in eight.
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Experience Affects Lineman Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$51,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%