What does an Electrician do?

Electricians are responsible for inspecting, testing, repairing, installing, and modifying electrical components and systems. Electricians general work at homes, businesses, and construction sites, and generally work as contractors.

Electricians have usually completed an electrician program at a trade school or technical institute, finished a lengthy apprenticeship, and passed a licensing exam. While requirements to become a licensed electrician vary by state, most involve passing an exam and having proof of a certain number of classroom and practical hours.

  • Install, maintain, and enhance electrical systems and components, including fuses, lights, and wiring
  • Inspect, test, and diagnose issues with electrical systems and components
  • Perform all work in a manner that meets and follows electrical codes, blueprints, and standards
  • Test electrical systems and components to ensure proper functioning
  • Complete required documentation of repairs and service information
  • Ensure adequate inventory of necessary supplies and parts
  • Calibrate equipment to provided specifications
  • Peform preventative maintenance on electrical systems and components
  • Troubleshoot problems and make timely repairs
  • Completion of an electrician apprenticeship prgoram required
  • Completion of an electrician program at a technical or trade school preferred
  • Journeyman Electrician license required in state of practice
  • 3-5 years of electrical experience
  • Valid driver's license in state of practice
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, and pull up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to bend, climb, squat, reach, and kneel
  • Comfortable reading and understanding electrical blueprints, schematics, and diagrams
  • Working knowledge of electrical theory, and the associated principles, materials, and equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to operate hand and power tools associated with electrical work
  • Ability to calculate basic mathematical problems
  • Willing to work overtime
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Electrician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$41 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$30
Median: $41
$55
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Electrician Career Path

Learn how to become an Electrician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Electrician
$85,532/yr
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Electrician Insights

Read what Electrician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Beeson Electric
Apprentice Electrician
7 Dec 2020

“He's a very understanding and generous boss and really wants to teach me as much as he can.”

Tata SteelTata Steel
Electrician
29 Nov 2021

“tata steel is very good and takes care of worker so i do ya job and i love working here.”

Ennis ElectricEnnis Electric
Electrical Apprentice
25 Sep 2021

“Everyone I’ve met so far is an amazing teacher and I actually enjoy my days at work.”

Sparrow ElectricSparrow Electric
Electrician
20 Dec 2019

“Pay is competitive and the company wants to foster your growth as a career electrician.”

Korek TelecomKorek Telecom
Electrician
3 Dec 2019

“I chose working there because I could grab many opportunities to improve my potential and work experience.”

Reliance IndustriesReliance Industries
Manager Electrical
7 Aug 2020

“there were excellent work opportunities i am not finding any downside cause compare to other industries”

Silgan ContainersSilgan Containers
Journeyman Electrician
26 Feb 2021

“Though overall pay was good the pay of the skilled labor was too close to general workers.”

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin
Low Observable Coater
1 Nov 2021

“Great opportunity to be a part of one of the best production aircraft in the future.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an electrician

When working as an electrician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Highschool Diploma, Test Equipment, Requests, Strong WORK Ethic and Professionalism.

The most similar professions to electrician are:
  • Installer
  • Welder
  • Machine Operator
  • Machinist

The most common qualifications to become an electrician is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.