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.

What responsibilities are common for Electrician jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Electrician jobs?
  • 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
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Electrician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$40 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$30
Median: $40
$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.

L2
Electrician
$90,000/yr
L3
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Electrician IV
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
21%
5 - 7
5%
8+
69%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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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.”

Ennis ElectricEnnis Electric
Electrical Apprentice
25 Sept 2021

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

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.”

Zona Franca San Isidro
Electrician
4 June 2022

“good career advancement opportunities and the programs you get in to get to know more how to perform your job in a perfect way.”

J & A Management
Automotive Electrician
24 June 2021

“good and fair to work with”

Swastik Electricals
Electrician
17 Jan 2022

“Good and pleasant place to work”

Pembina PipelinesPembina Pipelines
Maintenance Electrician
29 May 2020

“Great place to work and pay is fair”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of electricians

An electrician installs, maintains, and repairs electrical power and lighting aspects. During the typical day of an electrician, they might spend time inspecting electrical components, repairing wiring, and installing lighting systems. Electricians also tend to work alone, but sometimes they collaborate with others.

When becoming an electrician individuals can specialize in a particular area such as designing, installing, or maintaining electrical systems. This gives professionals some opportunity to tailor their job to their personal interests which may positively influence job satisfaction.

Electricians can earn a solid salary. The average base salary for electricians in the United States is $40 per year depending on the location and experience. With additional training and experience, electricians can earn as much as $55 each year.

The challenge of working as an electrician is that they usually work full time, and their work schedules might include evenings and weekends. Additionally, they might often be asked to work overtime. Electricians work both inside and outside, often in cramped spaces as well as kneeling or standing for hours.

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