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Master Electrician Salary

Men make up the majority of Master Electricians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $25.36 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Master Electricians can bottom out near $39K or peak near $91K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Master Electricians like their work and job satisfaction is high. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a little less than half have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$37,196 - $90,594
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MEDIAN: $57,958
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$18.32 - $38.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$37,196 - $90,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,990  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $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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$39,033 - $91,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 423
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.32 - $38.97  
   
Overtime
$26.20 - $52.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $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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$39,033 - $91,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,259
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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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While many Master Electricianstransition into Maintenance Electrician roles, the job pays an average $48K annually.

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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. 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $49K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $52K. Master Electricians bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Master Electricians will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Master Electricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+25 percent), Milwaukee (+9 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Baltimore (+7 percent). Compared to the national average, Louisville Master Electricians have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (21 percent lower) and San Antonio (9 percent lower).

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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


Project Management
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Controls
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Systems Troubleshooting
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National Average
$57,000

Residential
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Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 29%