Maintenance Electrician Salary

Men make up the majority of Maintenance Electricians in the United States, bringing in about $22.17 per hour. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Maintenance Electricians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,722 - $78,112
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,639
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$16.00 - $30.14
(Median)
$16
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,722 - $78,112  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $4,055  
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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$34,946 - $72,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $30.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$21.68 - $45.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $4,055  
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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$34,946 - $72,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 938
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Maintenance Electricians move into roles as Maintenance Managers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $60K per year. Maintenance Electricians go on to become Maintenance Supervisors more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $48K. Maintenance Electricians who move into an Industrial Electrician role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $55K.

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Popular Skills for Maintenance Electrician


Maintenance Electricians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, Plant Maintenance, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Maintenance. Those who learned Troubleshooting also tend to know Plant Maintenance and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation. Most people familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. Maintenance Electricians see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,246

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Maintenance Electricians, working in the bustling city of Kansas City has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Maintenance Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), St. Louis (+27 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Maintenance Electricians in Newport News earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (18 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Maintenance Electrician Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Maintenance Electrician Salaries


Systems Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Plant Maintenance
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$50,000

Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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