Electrical Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Electrical Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.66 per hour. In the world of Electrical Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $30K and $74K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $10K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Electrical Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,591 - $79,960
$29K
$49K
$80K
MEDIAN: $48,613
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$13.84 - $30.27
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$0$79K
Salary $28,591 - $79,960
Bonus $0.00 - $5,048
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,635
Commission $5,000
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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$29,766 - $73,559
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 175
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $13.84 - $30.27
Hourly Tips $0.95
Overtime $19.04 - $44.95
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,048
Commission $5,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,635
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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$29,766 - $73,559
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 571

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Job Description for Electrical Technician

Electrical technicians install, repair, and maintain electrical equipment. They must have a working knowledge of federal and state regulations as they apply to electrical equipment, and they must stay current on safety practices. Electrical technicians perform a variety of functions, but they are above all responsible for ensuring that electrical equipment runs smoothly. If equipment fails, the first priority of the technician is to repair it as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. An electrical technician may calibrate, troubleshoot, inspect, clean, modify, upgrade, or even uninstall electrical equipment. In addition to the equipment, technicians may also work with wiring, voltage, or even forklifts and loaders. Most electrical technicians work in a factory or production-type atmosphere, though this is not always the case.

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Electrical Technician Tasks

  • Lay out and assemble basic electrical circuits and assemblies.
  • Lay out and assemble machines based on drawings and detailed verbal instruction.
  • Perform basic mechanical and electrical troubleshooting.
  • Read and interpret electrical and mechanical blueprints, diagrams and schematics.

Common Career Paths for Electrical Technician


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Electrical Technicians often transition into Electrical Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Electrical Engineers earn $69K per year. Electrician Journeymans or Instrument and Electrical Technicians are common next-step roles for Electrical Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Electrician Journeymans is $2K higher on average, and it's $15K higher for Instrument and Electrical Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Equipment Installation. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Technician

Pay by Experience for an Electrical Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Electrical Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 336 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electrical Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 208 salaries. An experienced Electrical Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 191 salaries. An Electrical Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 112 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,796

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

With a pay rate for Electrical Technicians that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Electrical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Rochester (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Electrical Technicians in San Diego make 45 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Columbus and Baltimore earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less).

Electrical Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Electrical Technician?

Electrical Technician in Nashville:
"My Life as an Underpaid PV Installer."
Pros: What I like most about my job is we contribute to greener energy, fighting the evil coal and nuclear forces that currently have a strangle-hold on the masses. Helping people to free themselves from the bondage of corporate , dirty energy over to personal, clean energy production. That is why I do it.
Cons: The uncompensated travel, not having a pay raise since I started with this company even though our crew is #1 in speed & efficiency.

Electrical Technician in Glendora:
"My Job."
Pros: I do multiple jobs.
Cons: Standing and sitting in one position for periods of time.

Electrical Technician in Tipp City:
Pros: The open, free, and laid back environment. I work with a group of great guys and our boss/owner is a really great guy as well.
Cons: Crazy hours on weekends. Not very much work/life balance. Low pay. A office secretary who thinks she runs the place.

Electrical Technician in California:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: Workplace was so good having equipment upgraded from the new technology.
Cons: Very biased administration who only look for company's good and not for the employee.

Electrical Technician in Burlington:
"Steady work."
Pros: Steady work, laid back management.
Cons: Lack of discipline, lack attendance policy.

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Key Stats for Electrical Technician

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Electrical Technician Salaries

▲19%

▲11%

National Average
$48,000

▼3%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Electrical Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
▲17%




National Average
$48,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 21%
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