Master Electrician Salary

A sizeable majority of Master Electricians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $25.74 per hour. Final cash compensation to Master Electricians varies from around $40K to approximately $93K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $8K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Master Electricians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by just under one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,658 - $97,628

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$18.86 - $39.27

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,658 - $97,628  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,010  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $8,170  
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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$40,009 - $93,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 454
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.86 - $39.27  
   
Overtime
$27.08 - $53.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $8,170  
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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$40,009 - $93,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,329
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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 is somewhat unusual to come across Master Electricians who move on to become Electrical Supervisors, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $69K. Master Electricians most frequently advance into Maintenance Electrician and Industrial Electrician roles even though the median salaries are $10K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Master Electrician


Master Electricians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Controls, Project Management, and Commercial are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Residential and Troubleshooting. Most people familiar with 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.


For Master Electricians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $50K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $53K. Master Electricians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. 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


Eastern cities like New York, Washington, and Boston are lucrative areas for Master Electricians, where pay is higher than the national average. Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Grand Rapids and Madison (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Master Electrician Salaries


National Average
$58,000




Skills That Affect Master Electrician Salaries


Project Management
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Controls
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National Average
$58,000

Commercial
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Residential
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 244 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: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 29%
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