Maintenance Electrician Salary (United States)

Very much a male dominated career in the United States, Maintenance Electricians earn an average of $21.59 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $3,070 and $7,149, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $34,551 or peak near $75,453. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Maintenance Electricians is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Maintenance Electrician Salary (?
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$34,551 - $75,453
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MEDIAN: $51,308
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Maintenance Electrician Salary (?
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$15.27 - $29.73
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,551 - $75,453  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,070  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $7,149  
Total Pay (?
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$33,431 - $71,451  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.27 - $29.73  
   
Overtime
$20.28 - $44.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,070  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $7,149  
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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$33,431 - $71,451  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 967
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Job Description for Maintenance Electrician

The maintenance electrician performs most of the electrical maintenance tasks in a plant. Their key goal is to keep plant machinery and equipment in good condition by locating faulty parts by using an efficient, effective troubleshooting process. The maintenance electrician then replaces those parts that are worn and broken; if the parts are not broken, the electrician properly adjusts it to return the part or machine to working order. They also make routine inspections of equipment to assess its operating condition, performing proactive replacements and maintenance. The maintenance electrician also repairs electrical wiring and programmable logic functions in accordance with local code. A maintenance electrician moves and installs new equipment procured by the company. In the equipment movement or installation process, the electrician must understand and work from blueprints manuals, and sketches.
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Maintenance Electrician Tasks
  • Construct and fabricate parts using power or hand tools and specifications.
  • Review specifications to plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment or fixtures.
  • Test all assemblies, installations, or repairs on electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus and fixtures.
  • Assemble and install electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus and fixtures.
  • Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and tools, to locate the cause of a problem.

Common Career Paths for Maintenance Electrician

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For Maintenance Electricians, career advancement has a positive, though somewhat slight, impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Maintenance Manager will earn $9,399 more than someone not as far along in their career. As Maintenance Electricians progress in their field, many go on to become Maintenance Supervisors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, despite the $1,564 drop in pay. Another common career choice for Maintenance Electricians is to move into an Electrician - Certified role—this promotion comes with a pay raise of $1,091.

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Popular Skills for Maintenance Electrician

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Plant Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 4 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Maintenance. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation and Plant Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Maintenance Electrician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. New salaries start at $42K and reach $48K in five to 10 years. Compensation is $49,990 after 10 to 20 years. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Maintenance Electricians after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $53K. The largest number of Maintenance Electricians have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Maintenance Electricians that is 38 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Maintenance Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Louisville (+24 percent) and Chicago (+22 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Newport News is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Maintenance Electrician Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Maintenance Electrician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Plant Maintenance
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National Average
$49,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 12%
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