Men represent the vast majority of Maintenance Electricians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.90 per hour nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $242K, respectively — total cash payment to Maintenance Electricians can bottom out near $35K or peak near $73K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Maintenance Electricians report high levels of job satisfaction. 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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$33,771 - $86,809
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$87K
MEDIAN: $51,039
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$16.25 - $30.38
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$16
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$33,771 - $86,809  
   
Bonus
$486.05 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $242,395  
Total Pay (?
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$35,426 - $72,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.25 - $30.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.85  
Overtime
$23.37 - $45.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$486.05 - $10,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $242,395  
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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$35,426 - $72,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 821

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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

  • 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.
  • Test all assemblies, installations, or repairs on electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus and fixtures.
  • Construct and fabricate parts using power or hand tools and specifications.
  • Review specifications to plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment or fixtures.

Common Career Paths for Maintenance Electrician


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As Maintenance Electricians transition into upper-level roles such as Instrumentation & Controls Technician, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Instrumentation & Controls Technicians earn $65K on average per year. The most common promotion for Maintenance Electricians is Industrial Electrician, a position that typically pays $55K annually. Another standard transition for Maintenance Electricians seeking advancement is to assume a Maintenance Supervisor role, where pay is often $47K.

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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 Electrician, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Systems Troubleshooting, and Plant Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Maintenance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Plumbing and ELECTRICAL also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Plant Maintenance indicates knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Maintenance Electrician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Maintenance Electricians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. Maintenance Electricians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Maintenance Electricians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,032

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

Home to some of the best pay for Maintenance Electricians, Cincinnati offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Maintenance Electricians will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Kansas City (+19 percent), and Dayton (+18 percent). Maintenance Electricians in Newport News report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (5 percent lower) and Dallas (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Maintenance Electrician Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Maintenance Electrician Salaries

Electrician
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Plant Maintenance
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
0%

Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$51,000

ELECTRICAL
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Plumbing
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Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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