Master Electrician Salary

Master Electricians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $25.98 per hour. Total incomes of Master Electricians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $93K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Master Electricians is high. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and one-half claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,027 - $96,828
(Median)
$39K
$61K
$97K
MEDIAN: $60,513
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$19.34 - $39.65
(Median)
$19
$26
$40
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,027 - $96,828  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,095  
Profit Sharing
$48.48 - $9,863  
Commission
$11,250  
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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$40,706 - $92,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.34 - $39.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$27.45 - $53.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,095  
   
Commission
$11,250  
Profit Sharing
$48.48 - $9,863  
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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$40,706 - $92,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,437
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Job Description for Master Electrician

The title "master electrician" typically refers to a type of electrician who has achieved mastery of their trade. They usually oversee electrician apprentices and journeymen electricians on residential, industrial, and commercial electrical jobs. Typically, a master electrician schedules jobs in phases during a planning stage and ensure that all needed parts, materials, and components have been ordered in advance for the completion of the job.

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Master Electrician Tasks

  • Perform and interpret power calculations, power factor, insulation tests and positive relay tests as required.
  • Install complicated conduit and control systems.
  • Read and interpret construction drawings electrical, mechanical and architectural.
  • Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and tools, to locate the cause of a problem.
  • Install, terminate and splice 120/208/240/480 volt cables.

Common Career Paths for Master Electrician


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It doesn't happen often, but some Master Electricians do move on to become Electrical Supervisors. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $69K per year. Many Master Electricians advance into roles as Maintenance Electricians or Industrial Electricians, but the median salaries are $10K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Master Electrician


Master Electricians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Controls, Project Management, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Residential and Troubleshooting. Most people skilled in Commercial are similarly competent in Project Management and Residential.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Electrician

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


Master Electricians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. During the first five years of their careers, Master Electricians see a median income of $51K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $54K. Master Electricians bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,614

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

Master Electricians in New York, Boston, and Washington — eastern regions — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Employers pay around 5 percent less in San Antonio and 3 percent less in Madison, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Master Electrician Salaries


National Average
$59,000




Skills That Affect Master Electrician Salaries


Project Management
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Controls
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 245 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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