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Maintenance Electrician Salary

A sizeable majority of Maintenance Electricians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.53 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,694 - $75,377
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,354
10%
50%
90%

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$15.42 - $29.64
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,694 - $75,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,130  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $7,096  
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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$33,932 - $71,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.42 - $29.64  
   
Overtime
$20.20 - $43.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,130  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $7,096  
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).
)
$33,932 - $71,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 886

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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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Maintenance Electricians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Maintenance Manager. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. As Maintenance Electricians progress in their field, many go on to become Maintenance Supervisors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $48K. Another common career choice for Maintenance Electricians is to move into a Certified Electrician role — this promotion usually pays $50K.

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Popular Skills for Maintenance Electrician


Maintenance Electricians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Plant Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


Maintenance Electricians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Maintenance Electrician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Maintenance Electricians, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Maintenance Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+20 percent) and Houston (+16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.

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Experience Affects Maintenance Electrician Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Maintenance Electrician Salaries


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

Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 12%
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