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Maintenance Electrician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Maintenance Electricians earn an average of $21.62 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,661 - $75,458
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,231
10%
50%
90%

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$15.42 - $29.67
(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
$34,661 - $75,458  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,287  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $7,047  
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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$33,926 - $71,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.42 - $29.67  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $44.00  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,287  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $7,047  
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).
)
$33,926 - $71,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 896
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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. Given that the median pay is $48K, it may be surprising to find that a Maintenance Supervisor is the most common role for Maintenance Electricians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Certified Electrician role — which pays $50K — is also typical for Maintenance Electricians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Maintenance Electrician


Survey results suggest that Maintenance Electricians put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. Maintenance Electricians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Maintenance Electricians, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Maintenance Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+23 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Dayton (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in 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 161 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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