Utility Fleet

Utility and Municipal Technician Wages Compared

August 31, 2015

Utilimarc released information showing the wage distribution of fleet technicians in the municipal and utility industries. To find this information, the company gathered data from 60 of its utility and municipal fleet benchmarking clients.

The results showed a more spread out wage distribution among fleet technicians in the municipal industry but a higher wage floor/ceiling for technicians in the utility industry.

The largest percentage of municipal fleet technicians saw themselves earning either $20-$25 an hour or $32.50-$35 an hour. Each of these wage brackets accounted for about 21% of municipal fleet technician earnings in 2014.

Municipal Technician Wage Distribution for 2014

Graph courtesy of Utilimarc
Municipal industry wage distribution.
Graph courtesy of UtilimarcMunicipal industry wage distribution.

The next two highest wage brackets, accounting for around 16% of total earnings each, were fleet technicians earning $25-$27.50 or $35-$40 an hour. Fleet technicians earning $27.50-$30 or $30-$32.50 each accounted for 10% of 2014 earnings.

The smallest wage bracket, accounting for only 5% of municipal fleet technicians, earned less than $20 an hour. Apart from the 5% outlier, each wage bracket only ever rose or dropped 5-6% from the next wage bracket, making for a more even distribution of wages.

Utility Technician Wage Distribution for 2014

Graph courtesy of Utilimarc
Utility industry wage distribution.
Graph courtesy of UtilimarcUtility industry wage distribution.

Seventeen percent of utility fleet technicians earned more than their municipal counterparts. While municipal technicians tapered off at $35-$40 an hour, 17% of utility technicians accounted for the $40-$42.50 and “More” wage bracket.

The majority of utility fleet technicians earned between $32.50-$37.50 an hour, followed by technicians making $30-$32.50 and $40-$42.50 at 17% and 11% respectively.

Technicians that made $25.00-$30, $37.50-$40, or more than $42.50 an hour each accounted for 6% of total earnings for 2014. Unlike municipal technicians, no technicians in the utility fleet industry made less than $25 an hour.


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