Men account for the majority of Linemans in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $25.80 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,323 - $89,800
$36K
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MEDIAN: $59,833
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$14.80 - $39.44
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$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$36,323 - $89,800  
   
Bonus
$505 - $4,907  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$32,665 - $94,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.80 - $39.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$20.70 - $61.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$505 - $4,907  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$32,665 - $94,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 626

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Job Description for Lineman

Linemen perform work in telecom construction using extensive knowledge and experience in power system operations, as well as the ability to repair and maintain network infrastructure. The job involves servicing electrical lines which may be energized or de-energized; direct supervision is necessary for certain energized line applications, and familiarity with circuit maps and fiber-splicing is also important in this position.

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Lineman Tasks

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

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Linemans' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Journeyman Lineman. Median pay for Journeyman Linemans is $63K.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Verizon Communications, Inc. offers the most; Linemans earn $99K on average there.

Pike Electric, Inc. lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($49K).

Pay by Experience Level for Lineman

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. Linemans bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. Linemans with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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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Key Stats for Lineman

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Lineman Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Lineman Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 42%

Leadership
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National Average
$59,000

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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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