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Pay level and collective agreement terms for electricians

In Denmark, pay conditions are established through collective agreements or individual agreements between companies and employees. On this page you can see the pay levels and agreement terms and conditions for electricians.

The pay of individual employees varies and depends on factors such as performance, skills, experience and in some cases piecework and bonus agreements. Other factors are the company's profile, geographical location, etc.

The chart below shows earnings per hour worked for electricians who are employed as ordinary employees. Apprentice electricians, young workers (<18 years), managers, and employees with special responsibilities are not included.

Earnings per hour worked for electricians

Bar chart of the dispersion in earning per hour worked for electricians, and share of employees as a percentage
Source: Confederation of Danish Employers 2020. Electricians are calculated on the basis of work function (DISCO) = 741100: Building and related electricians

See the bar chart "Earnings per hour worked for electricians" in a larger scale

The chart shows that a quarter of employees receive an overall payment of less than DKK 253.79 per hour worked. The median is DKK 278.14. The most highly paid quarter receive an overall payment of more than DKK 310.74.

Some employees receive significantly less and others significantly more than the figures mentioned.

The average is DKK 286.73 per hour worked.

What do earnings per hour worked consist of?

Earnings per hour worked is the overall amount that Danish employers pay for 1 hour of work. The payment includes all pay elements, including the agreed hourly wage and fixed and variable supplements, bank holidays (public holidays, which fall on a weekday), holiday and absence payments, and pensions. Absence payments are distributed across the hours worked.

Supplements for overtime and other nuisance compensation are not included.

Remuneration of posted employees must take place within the framework of EU law.

Pay elements of the Electricians’ Collective Agreement

The salaries shown reflect the individual or collective agreements that have been entered into between the company and the employees. The leading collective agreement for electricians is the Electricians’ Collective Agreement between TEKNIQ Arbejdsgiverne (The Danish mechanical and electrical contractors’ association) and Dansk El-Forbund (The Danish Union of Electricians).

The summary below shows the pay elements that form the basis for earnings, excluding nuisance compensation, for employees covered by the Electricians’ Collective Agreement:

  • Minimum wage agreement. The agreement contains a minimum rate below which the basic wage must not fall.
  • Personal and locally negotiated pay supplements.
  • Employer-paid pension contributions and health insurance scheme: 8 %.
  • Additional holiday entitlement, payment for public holidays: 6.20 %.
  • Free choice scheme: 6 %.
  • Right to wages during periods of illness and maternity leave, etc. under certain conditions.
  • Piecework pay options.
  • Productivity-enhancing bonus (in the absence of piecework): The minimum wage is raised by DKK 12.70 per hour. If personal pay exceeds the minimum wage plus DKK 12.70 per hour, the bonus is not relevant.
  • In addition to the agreement-based pay elements, the legislation prescribes a holiday payment of 12.5 %.

Electricians' Collective Agreement 2020-2023

Any Questions?

Please contact the Danish main organisations:

The Confedation of Danish Employers
Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening (DA)
Telephone: +45 33 38 90 00
Email: da@da.dk

Danish Trade Union Confederation
Fagbevægelsens Hovedorganisation (FH)
Telephone: +45 35 24 60 00
Email: fh@fho.dk

Last updated: 10-03-2022