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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
21%
5 - 7
5%
8+
69%

Common Skill Sets

Highschool Diploma
Test Equipment
Requests
Strong WORK Ethic
Professionalism
Programmable Logic
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Electrician Seniority Levels

L2
Electrician
$60,033/yr
L3
L4
Electrician IV
$61,097/yr
Installer
4% made the transition
Welder
3% made the transition
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Electrician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$60,033 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$39K
Median: $60K
$92K
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