How Much Does An Electrician Make?

Modern day life would not be complete without electricity. In fact, electricity powers everything we do—from the lamps we turn on to illuminate our homes and workspaces to the computers we use to keep important records and run our business to the gadgets we use for our entertainment and leisure times. A building, home or any other edifice cannot be truly complete if it does not have the electrical wirings necessary for electricity to flow to it to power everything.

The job of installing and maintaining electrical power, lighting, communications and control systems in various kinds of edifices, commercial and residential, belongs to that of electricians. They may work together with architects and engineers in coming up with efficient design systems for new buildings that are being constructed.

Because of the very positive employment growth in the field in the next few years, a career as an electrician is very appealing for those who are fascinated with working with circuits and wirings. Another draw of this career is the kind of training that students undergo to become one. Apprenticeship is the most common route taken before one can become an electrician.

Lasting for four to five years, apprenticeship combines technical training in the classroom and paid on-the-job training, allowing apprentices to earn and study at the same time.

Average Electrician Annual Salary

$56,650

The average annual salary for electricians is $56,650 a year. Salaries start at $31,800 a year and go up to $90,420 a year.

Average Electrician Hourly Wage

$27.24

The average hourly wage for a electrician is $27.24. Hourly wages were between $15.29 and $43.47 an hour.

Stats were based out of 607,120 employed electricians in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Electrician

$90,420/year $43.47/hour

(Top 10% of Electricians)


Senior Electrician

$69,670/year $33.49/hour

(Top 25% of Electricians)


Mid Level Electrician

$52,720/year $25.35/hour

(Median)


Junior Electrician

$39,570/year $19.02/hour

(Bottom 25% of Electricians)


Entry Level Electrician

$31,800/year $15.29/hour

(Bottom 10% of Electricians)


Electrician Average Salary Comparison

Electricians
$56k / year
$27 / hour
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
$56k / year
$26 / hour
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Insulation Workers, Mechanical
$51k / year
$24 / hour
Glaziers
$47k / year
$22 / hour
Plasterers and Stucco Masons
$44k / year
$21 / hour
Pipelayers
$42k / year
$20 / hour
Roofers
$42k / year
$20 / hour
Painters, Construction and Maintenance
$41k / year
$19 / hour
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall
$39k / year
$18 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Electricians

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Electricians

Electrician Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Alaska $39.23 $81,600
#2 Hawaii $35.95 $74,770
#3 Illinois $35.17 $73,160
#4 New York $35.10 $73,010
#5 District of Columbia $34.59 $71,960
#6 New Jersey $34.29 $71,310
#7 California $32.75 $68,130
#8 Oregon $32.26 $67,100
#9 Massachusetts $31.80 $66,130
#10 Washington $31.37 $65,260
#11 Minnesota $30.94 $64,360
#12 Nevada $29.92 $62,240
#13 Montana $29.61 $61,580
#14 North Dakota $29.33 $61,010
#15 Pennsylvania $28.92 $60,160
#16 Missouri $28.63 $59,550
#17 Wyoming $28.24 $58,740
#18 Wisconsin $27.84 $57,910
#19 Indiana $27.73 $57,680
#20 Connecticut $27.63 $57,470
#21 Michigan $27.21 $56,600
#22 Delaware $27.07 $56,300
#23 Kansas $26.52 $55,160
#24 Maryland $25.88 $53,830
#25 Rhode Island $25.54 $53,130
#26 New Hampshire $25.00 $52,010
#27 Iowa $24.98 $51,960
#28 Utah $24.95 $51,900
#29 Ohio $24.86 $51,710
#30 West Virginia $24.85 $51,690
#31 Kentucky $24.69 $51,360
#32 Louisiana $24.43 $50,810
#33 Colorado $24.32 $50,580
#34 New Mexico $24.16 $50,250
#35 Arizona $23.78 $49,460
#36 Virginia $23.74 $49,380
#37 Maine $23.48 $48,850
#38 Oklahoma $23.34 $48,560
#39 Vermont $23.32 $48,510
#40 Mississippi $23.20 $48,250
#41 Idaho $22.97 $47,770
#42 Nebraska $22.85 $47,530
#43 Virgin Islands $22.45 $46,700
#44 Tennessee $22.41 $46,620
#45 Georgia $22.35 $46,490
#46 South Dakota $22.31 $46,410
#47 Texas $22.31 $46,410
#48 Alabama $22.29 $46,360
#49 Florida $21.30 $44,310
#50 South Carolina $20.94 $43,560
#51 North Carolina $20.65 $42,960
#52 Arkansas $20.45 $42,540
#53 Guam $17.94 $37,320
#54 Puerto Rico $13.33 $27,720

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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