Master Electricians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $26.61 per hour. Total cash compensation to Master Electricians approaches anywhere from $42K on the lower end to $94K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the particular employer are driving factors as well. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and nearly one-half have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,871 - $101,054
(Median)
$41K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,178
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$19.59 - $39.01
(Median)
$20
$27
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,871 - $101,054  
   
Bonus
$950 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$5.30 - $14,544  
Commission
$2,250  
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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$41,810 - $94,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.59 - $39.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.82  
Overtime
$28.72 - $53.92  
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
$950 - $10,174  
   
Commission
$2,250  
Profit Sharing
$5.30 - $14,544  
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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$41,810 - $94,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,065
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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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Master Electricians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Electrical Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $77K annually. A Maintenance Electrician role is the most prevalent career advancement for Master Electricians. Paychecks for that role are $48K on average. The Electrical Supervisor position is another common transition for Master Electricians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $69K mark.

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Popular Skills for Master Electrician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Industrial, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 9 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include MAster Electrician, foreman, and Electronic Troubleshooting. It is often found that people who know Commercial are also skilled 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.


For many Master Electricians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $52K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. 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 $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,418

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

New York, Washington, and Boston — America's eastern region — boast salaries above the national rate for Master Electricians. Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Louisville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Richmond (11 percent less) and Little Rock (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Master Electrician Salaries


National Average
$60,000




Skills That Affect Master Electrician Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 39%

Industrial
up arrow 9%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Controls
0%

National Average
$60,000

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Commercial
up arrow 2%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%


Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 9%

MAster Electrician
up arrow 14%

foreman
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
51%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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