Industrial electricians typically work in manufacturing facilities, power, and chemical plants, among others. They perform a wide range of responsibilities that are quite different from a residential or even a commercial electrician.
In the UK, industrial electricians typically hold a Level 3 course & NVQ. They have also completed the AM2 assessment and are among the top tier electricians in terms of qualifications.
Some of the tasks that industrial electricians undertake include:
- Repair and troubleshoot electrical as well as material handling equipment.
- Install electrical components.
- Test and troubleshoot electrical equipment after installation.
- Inspect and make recommendations related to repair and maintenance.
- Carry out maintenance activities on various equipment and machines.
- Ensure correct installation of power conductors.
- Provide support to customers with repair and maintenance.
- Correctly interpreting blueprints is also a responsibility of an industrial electrician.
How much can you earn as an industrial electrician?
More than any other factor, how much you earn as an industrial electrician depends on your experience.
So, the average hourly pay for industrial electricians, according to experience, may look like this:
- 1 to 4 years of electrician experience – £13*. Therefore, the average annual earning for an industrial electrician early into his career is about £30,723. However, in high paying cities, industrial electricians of this calibre can take home about £35k while those in low paying areas can make about £29k.
- 5 to 9 years of experience – £14.05*. This means that the average annual earning for an industrial electrician in mid-career is about £31k to £33k.
- 10 to 19 years of experience – £16.27*. Therefore an experienced industrial electrician can take home about £36,000, on average. Besides, industrial electricians working in high paying areas can take home about £40k while those in low paying areas can expect about £32k.
- More than 20 years of experience – £18.22*. These industrial electricians command the highest earnings in the industry. On the higher end, the hourly rate is about £22.15, while on the lower back, it is approximately £16.26. Therefore, the total annual earnings for a late-career industrial electrician can be between £30k and £48k on both extremes.
*This includes all types of benefits such as bonuses, tips, and overtime pays. However, other services, such as equity, retirement, and healthcare, are not included.
On the median scale, the hourly pay for industrial electricians, irrespective of the experience, is about £16. This does not include bonuses, benefits, tips, and commissions.
The figures mentioned above are just a rough sketch of how much you can make as an industrial electrician. However, there is no cap on the amount of money you can earn with this level of expertise and experience.
Industrial electricians’ jobs are increasing among a lot of employers. Nevertheless, those who work as independent contractors are not uncommon. This is an excellent option as self-employed industrial electricians have the potential to earn more than salaried employees. The reason is that self-employed industrial electricians have the flexibility to work overtime, including on weekends.