Lineman Salary (United States)

Male Linemans number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.16 per hour in the United States. The range in pay spans from $13.16 per hour to $36.24. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Lineman Salary (?
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$29,996 - $96,970
(Median)
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58K
73K
97K
MEDIAN: $57,812
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Lineman Salary (?
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$13.16 - $36.24
(Median)
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lineman

Duke Energy Corp pays the most with a median salary of $64,728, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $25K to a high of $82K for base pay. Pike Electric, Inc. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $47,428—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $36K while workers on the upper end may rake in $71K.

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 salaries. Salaries start at $42K, which grows to $61K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $63K after one to two decades. Wages continue to improve for Linemans after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $71K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Experience Affects Lineman Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
up arrow 19%
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%
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