High voltage electricians are responsible for installing, testing, repairing and maintaining high voltage electric equipment. They are also responsible for installing and maintaining power distribution lines. As a high voltage electrician you are required to have knowledge of electrical principles, procedures and safety standards. As a high voltage electrician you work with electrical systems that are above 600 volts. Salary is based on factors such as working conditions, the state you live in, the company and your qualification, skills and experience.
According to Simply Hired, the average salary of a high voltage electrician in the U.S. is between $45,000 and $47,000. This average encompasses all of the occupations and sub-occupations that you might have as a high voltage electrician. The average can vary greatly based on the location, industry or experience you have. You might also receive additional benefits depending on the company’s policy. These benefits can include bonuses for certain projects. As a high voltage electrician you are also expected to join a union, which can affect your contract and job description.
The biggest influencing factor for a high voltage electrician’s salary is his experience. Experienced veterans with at least two years experience dealing with high voltage projects, can expect to receive anywhere from $55,000 to $60,000 annually. Furthermore, electricians with additional managerial and administrative responsibilities also receive additional compensation above the average salary.
Qualification and Education
Two other influencing factors in a high voltage electrician’s salary are his qualifications and educational background. Companies can require an electrician to have a Journeyman License when hired or have been certified with a TS/SCI clearance. They can also demand you to be able to understand schematics or blueprints of the electrical systems. Employers can offer a bigger salary when they don’t have to provide you with on-site training of their systems.
High voltage electricians can expect to have benefits such as annual leave, personal and sick days, health care and retirement plans. Some employers also offer a tuition remission. Depending on the state you live in and the company you can expect to have around 10 days of annual leave and 14 personal or sick days. You may also receive dental care, vision, 401(k) and life insurance depending on the company you work for. The benefit eligibility usually starts after being with the company for a minimum of six months. These benefits may also increase annually if you remain employed with the same company. Project based employment might offer only temporary health care and life insurance.