Maintenance Electrician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Maintenance Electricians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.17 per hour nationwide. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Maintenance Electricians report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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 (?
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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 (?
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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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Although it's unusual, some Maintenance Electricians transition into jobs as Maintenance Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $60K per year, though. 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 an Industrial Electrician role — which pays $55K — is also typical for Maintenance Electricians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Maintenance Electrician


Maintenance Electricians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, Plant Maintenance, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Maintenance. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation and Plant Maintenance. Skill sets containing Troubleshooting also tend to include Plant Maintenance and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Maintenance Electrician

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


Maintenance Electricians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $43K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. 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, busy Kansas City offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Maintenance Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), St. Louis (+27 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Maintenance Electricians in Newport News take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (18 percent less) and Pittsburgh (6 percent less).

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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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