Average Lineman Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Lineman is $27.08.
MEDIAN $27.08
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $41
$388 - $5,980
Profit Sharing
$26 - $11,635
Total Pay
$35,041 - $99,032

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Job Description for Lineman

Lineman Tasks
  • Erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires.
  • Install and maintain street lighting systems.
  • Splice, solder and insulate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution.
  • Inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and cables.
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution.
The top respondents for the job title Lineman are from the companies Pike Electric, Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Verizon Communications, Inc. where the average pay is $39.43. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include AT&T Inc. and American Electric Power (AEP), earning around $35.39 and $30.58, respectively. Sumter Utilities, Inc. pays the lowest at around $18.00. Pike Electric, Inc. and Duke Energy Corp also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $19.57 and $21.68, respectively.

Career Paths

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Journeyman Lineman
Maintenance Technician
Fiber Optic Technician
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Lineman

Skills in Troubleshooting, Energy Supply (Gas and Electricity) and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Machine Operation and Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Lineman

An entry-level Lineman with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.22 based on 75 salaries. An early career Lineman with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.73 based on 425 salaries. A mid-career Lineman with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $29.39 based on 281 salaries. An experienced Lineman with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $32.85 based on 348 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $34.
Employees with Lineman in their job title in Baltimore, Maryland earn an average of 32.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (27.3% more) and Orlando, Florida (14.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Charlotte, North Carolina (20.1% less).

Years of Experience

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