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How much does an Electrician make in the United States?

Average base salary
16.1k salaries reported, updated at Aug 01, 2020
per hour
The average salary for a electrician with 2 to 3 years of experience, Bachelor Degree, and 3 selected qualifications is $24.13 per hour in the United States and $8,109 overtime per year.
Additional compensation
per year
Most common benefits
  • Loan repayment program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Professional development assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Relocation assistance
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What does an Electrician do?

Electricians can work anywhere with an electrical supply, including domestic and business premises, public buildings and industrial settings. Electricians install, test, maintain and repair electrical systems and components and specialists work on mains electricity supply cables, phone lines and fiber optic cables. There are three main levels of experience for electricians: apprentice, journeyman and master.

Working as an Electrician

An electrician can perform a number of tasks depending on their level of experience and field of expertise, including:

  • Visiting commercial and domestic premises to install wiring, troubleshoot problems and carry out repairs
  • Inspecting electrical components such as transformers and circuit breakers
  • Conducting routine maintenance and testing on electrical systems and checking them against manufacturer guidelines
  • Providing assessments and quotes for clients who need installations or repairs
  • Working with other professionals on building and refurbishment projects
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being an Electrician

What types of electricians are there?

There are two main types of electricians: linemen, who work outside with high-voltage grid power supply, and wiremen, who work with the lower-voltage domestic supply and usually work inside. Within each category, there are different specialties, but there is more variety for wiremen who can work in a range of different settings.

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Where do electricians work?

Any location with electrical power will require electricians, including homes, residential properties and commercial buildings, as well as public buildings such as hospitals, schools and fire stations. There are also electricians working on oil rigs at sea, in remote locations maintaining the power supply and on building sites installing new circuits for buildings as they are being built.

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How many hours a week do electricians work?

For the most part, electricians have a typical 40 hour work week. However, depending on the exact position and location, overtime may be offered or required.

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Are there any physical requirements for being an electrician?