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Electrician - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Electrician"

How much does an Electrician in the federal government get paid? $68,363.69* *Based on the 2021 average.

Electrician was the 140th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 1,388 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal wage system payscale.

In 2021, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Electrician, with an average salary of $64,658.

Government Electrician jobs are classified under the Federal Wage Schedule, Wage Grade (FWS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Electrician job is FWS-8, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is FWS-11. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Electricians perform installations of electrical wiring systems, fixtures, controls, and equipment in homes, commercial spaces, industrial facilities, and on vessels. Their services are also engaged for troubleshooting, as well as repair and maintenance of these components. Most Electricians are found in the Building Equipment Contractors industry but a good number of them are also working in the government. In fact, the government is among the top three industries that have the highest number of Electricians employed.

Electricians working in government offices and facilities are responsible for troubleshooting, modifying, repairing and maintaining existing electrical systems and equipment in addition to testing and installing new ones. Examples of these electrical systems and equipment that Electricians work on are circuit breakers, power supplies, electric regulators, distribution panels, switches and outlets of all types, light fixtures, lamps, heating devices, and temperature and pressure controls. Their services are also engaged for repairing appliances used in government offices and facilities like electric fans and air coolers, cable television systems, boiler controls and safety devices, industrial washers and dryers, lint collectors, ironers, ovens, kitchen hoods, and refrigerators. They work on the technical repairs and maintenance work of building elevators, security alarm system, fire alarm system, and radio and paging systems. Electricians also service alternative power sources for cases of power outages such as emergency power generators, automatic transfer switches, and fuel storage tanks.

Electricians possess a good understanding of electrical principles and their application. They are also knowledgeable about electrical materials and the related safety standards for electrical works. They are responsible for interpreting and applying state and local building regulations based on the National Electrical Code. Electricians have adequate knowledge in interpreting basic electronic terms and symbols since they often work from reading blueprints, building plans, engineering diagrams, technical schematics and manuals. They are also adept in using a variety of testing devices to identify electrical problems and troubleshoot issues.

Electricians work both indoors and outdoors. The work environment may expose them to dirt, dust, grease, debris, fumes,as well as noise from industrial machinery and equipment. They may be exposed to long periods of heat, humidity, and cold temperatures. Their job might also require them to work at great heights, exert physical strength as in pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying objects of varying sizes and shapes, in addition to physical efforts such as walking, climbing, bending, crawling, crouching or stooping for extended periods, and working in confined spaces. Due to the nature of their job, Electricians make use of protective clothing, devices and equipment at all times and maintain good physical condition to be able to perform their work.

The average annual salary for Electricians in 2021, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $73,840. Employment in this occupation is expected to grow at 9% from 2020 to 2030. The growing demand for this occupation stems from innovations in power generation, such as solar and wind power. Electricians will be needed for the installation of these energy-producing stations, as well as connecting these energy sources to power grids for distribution.

Agencies that have hired an Electrician

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 812 $64,658.26
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 216 $79,332.23
U.S. Coast Guard 87 $58,561.55
National Park Service 51 $67,521.98
Government Printing Office 26 $101,185.81
Social Security Administration 25 $70,407.64
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 23 $71,194.57
Indian Health Service 19 $65,501.11
Federal Bureau of Investigation 18 $77,153.29
Agricultural Research Service 12 $60,789.08
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 11 $78,317.82
National Institute of Standards and Technology 11 $72,991.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 8 $98,865.88
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 7 $72,685.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $73,841.67
National Gallery of Art 5 $76,828.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 4 $70,287.75
Forest Service 4 $69,113.75
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $66,251.25
Bureau of Reclamation 4 $72,511.75
Presidio Trust 4 $95,083.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 4 $61,571.75
Bureau of the Census 3 $61,885.67
Departmental Offices 3 $70,171.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $69,925.00
Maritime Administration 2 $80,694.00
National Institutes of Health 2 $64,289.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $62,725.00
Public Buildings Service 2 $68,182.50
2 $73,713.00
Indian Affairs 2 $63,663.00
Bureau of Land Management 2 $82,880.50
U.S. Mint 1 $85,519.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 1 $72,002.00
Geological Survey 1 $75,653.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $57,059.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $0.00

Electrician Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Electrician is $68,363.69. The highest paid Electrician made $130,709 in 2021.

Common Electrician Payscales

Payscale Number of Electrician Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 992
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 293
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage System 53
KE - Government Printing Office Negotiated Rates For Electricians 26
WE - Currency Manufacturing 8
WD - Production Facilitating Non-supervisory - Federal Wage System 4
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 4
WB - Wage Positions Under The Federal Wage System Not Otherwise Designated 4
BB - Nonsupervisory - Negotiated Pay Employees 2
BL - Leader - Negotiated Pay Employees 1
XA - Special Overlap Area Rate Schedule - Nonsupervisory - Federal Wage System 1

Starting Paygrade: $10.68 to $28.58 / hour at paygrade FWS-8
Maximum Paygrade: $12.06 to $34.60 / hour at paygrade FWS-11

Other Jobs at the FWS-8 Paygrade

FWS-8 is the starting paygrade for Electrician jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the FWS-8 paygrade.

Occupation Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Fabric WorkingFWS-1FWS-9
Industrial Equipment MechanicFWS-8FWS-10
Explosives OperatingFWS-4FWS-8
Fuel Distribution System OperatingFWS-6FWS-10

Average Electrician Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for an Electrician was $49,860. Since then, the average pay has increased to $68,364 in 2021.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 2805.

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