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Master Electrician Salary

Men account for the majority of Master Electricians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $25.52 per hour. Total incomes of Master Electricians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $39K and $93K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Master Electricians claim high levels of job satisfaction. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and close to one-half have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$37,819 - $96,672
(Median)
$38K
$59K
$97K
MEDIAN: $59,212
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$18.53 - $39.25
(Median)
$19
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$37,819 - $96,672  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,041  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $8,243  
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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$39,492 - $93,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 441
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.53 - $39.25  
   
Overtime
$26.35 - $53.24  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $8,243  
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).
)
$39,492 - $93,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,326

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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.

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Popular Skills for Master Electrician


Master Electricians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Controls, Project Management, and Commercial 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 who know Commercial also know 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $50K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $52K. Master Electricians bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Master Electricians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Master Electricians in search of above-average pay will head east: In particular, Master Electricians in New York, Washington, and Boston enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Workers in Grand Rapids and San Antonio earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 7 percent.

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Experience Affects Master Electrician Salaries


National Average
$57,000



Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Master Electrician Salaries


Controls
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Commercial
0%

Systems Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$57,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Residential
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 28%