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Maintenance Electrician Salary (United States)

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Maintenance Electricians earn an average of $21.57 per hour. Total cash compensation for Maintenance Electricians runs from $34K to $71K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Maintenance Electricians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Maintenance Electrician Salary (?
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$34,800 - $73,780
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MEDIAN: $50,358
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Maintenance Electrician Salary (?
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$15.33 - $29.60
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,800 - $73,780  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,056  
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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$33,559 - $71,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $29.60  
   
Overtime
$20.78 - $44.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,056  
   
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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$33,559 - $71,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 920
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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 who become Maintenance Managers may see a small rise in pay. On average, Maintenance Managers earn $59K per year. A Maintenance Supervisor role is the most prevalent career advancement for Maintenance Electricians. Paychecks for that role are $48K on average. The Certified Electrician position is another common transition for Maintenance Electricians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $50K mark.

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Popular Skills for Maintenance Electrician

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Maintenance. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. Maintenance Electricians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $53K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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Louisville
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Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Maintenance Electricians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Maintenance Electricians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent) and Chicago (+10 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Newport News (15 percent lower) and Louisville (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Maintenance Electrician Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Maintenance Electrician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Plant Maintenance
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National Average
$49,000
Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%