How Much Do Electricians Make?

electrician job description Electricians are very important in the building and maintenance of homes and buildings. They make people’s lives easier by installing access to electricity to provide power to lighting systems and appliances. Without them, a building simply will not function and a house would be unlivable.

Electricians work both indoors and outdoors and their jobs take them to residential homes and work sites. Some have their own businesses while others work in a company or a team. They either have full-time jobs or work by appointment basis where they get to work at any time of the day and any time of the week.

Electricians need to have a high school diploma, study in a technical school, and have an apprenticeship where they get to learn most of their skills.

Most states require electricians to have a license to be able to work.

To learn more, visit our “How to Become an Electrician” page.

Electrician Salary

But, how much do electricians make? The annual average electrician salary is , which is equivalent to $26.53 per hour of work. The lower 10% of earners have an annual salary of $32,940 or lower and the upper 10% has an annual salary of $94,620 or higher.

electrician salaryAn electrician starting salary is about 30-50% lower than that of the average electrician’s salary. Income increases with experience and wealth of skill. Experienced electricians are often commissioned by contractors for large jobs in the construction of buildings, and therefore, earn more than the average.

Salaries or income also depend on the hours of work done. Those who are self-employed ask for hourly rates or a fixed fee, while those who work in companies have a stable income.

Top 5 Paying States

FlagStateEmployment per 1000 JobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alaska FlagAlaska7.01$37.88$78,800
Illinois FlagIllinois3.93$33.62$69,940
New York FlagNew York4.18$33.57$69,820
Oregon FlagOregon4.72$33.02$68,690
New Jersey FlagNew Jersey3.24$32.49$67,570

Top Paying Industries

IndustryPercent of industry employmentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Amusement and Recreation Industries$40.96$85,190
Natural Gas Distribution0.63$40.91$82,130
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services$39.29$81,720
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 0.37$37.64$78,290
Lessors of Real Estate0.09$36.80$76,550

Electrician Job Description

what do electricians doWhat do electricians do? Electricians install and maintain electrical power for homes, businesses, and factory facilities. They are either self-employed or work in a company. Their jobs take them to residential homes, commercial spaces, and work sites.

Among the duties of an electrician are:

  • Reading blueprints and technical diagrams
  • Installing and maintaining wiring and electrical systems
  • Inspecting electrical components
  • Identifying, diagnosing, and troubleshooting electrical problems
  • Repairing or replacing wiring, equipment, and other electrical fixtures

Electricians also need to keep up with updated state and local building regulations based on the National Electric Code to adhere to the law.

They use a number of equipment that are either used manually or power-operated. Among these tools are screwdrivers, drills, saws, wire strippers, and troubleshooting tools such as ammeters, cable testers, voltmeters, and thermal scanners.

8% of all electricians in the United States are self-employed. They mostly work in residential and commercial facilities where they diagnose and troubleshoot electrical problems. They also install new systems such as outlets and other means of access to electricity.

65% are employed in the wiring installation industry, as well as working as electrical contractors. Those who work in manufacturing facilities tend to have the most stable jobs.

Electricians have higher work-related injuries and illnesses than the national average, which means they are frequently exposing themselves to danger at work. To protect themselves from the common potential injuries such as electrical shocks, faults, cuts, and burns, they must wear protective clothing, safety gloves, protection for their ears when they work in factories, as well as the proper head gear when working at construction sites.

Among the qualities an aspiring electrician must have to succeed in the business are: critical thinking skills, since a large chunk of their duties involve figuring out problems in the systems and looking for solutions; good color vision, so they can easily identify wires; and good customer service skills. Electricians often come face to face with their actual clients, especially those who are self-employed, so good interpersonal and customer service skills are a must to succeed in the business.

Electrician Job Outlook

There is a projected 9% increase in employment for electricians from 2016 to 2026. A total of 59,600 jobs are projected to be created, making the demand for electricians higher than the national average.

As more and more buildings are built, the need for electricians will also grow. Maintenance needs of systems are also seen to grow along with the increase of modernization.

An emerging field in the industry is in the installation and maintenance of alternative power generation. Households and commercial establishments will need the services of an electrician to connect solar and wind power to their lighting systems and appliances.

Electrician Salary by State

FlagStateEmployment per 1000 JobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alabama FlagAlabama4.885$21.36$44,430
Alaska FlagAlaska7.015$37.88$78,800
Arizona FlagArizona5.174$22.09$45,940
Arkansas FlagArkansas4.311$20.74$43,150
California FlagCalifornia3.297$30.95$64,370
Colorado flagColorado5.861$23.19$48,240
Connecticut FlagConnecticut3.693$27.20$56,580
Delaware flagDelaware4.904$25.46$52,950
Florida FlagFlorida3.945$20.18$41,970
Georgia FlagGeorgia4.04$21.84$45,420
Hawaii FlagHawaii4.867$30.94$64,360
Idaho FlagIdaho4.873$21.93$45,620
Illinois FlagIllinois3.933$33.62$69,940
Indiana FlagIndiana5.499$28.13$58,500
Iowa FlagIowa4.932$24.77$51,520
Kansas FlagKansas4.058$24.19$50,320
Kentucky FlagKentucky4.153$23.59$49,070
Louisiana FlagLouisiana6.454$22.72$47,260
Maine FlagMaine3.76$22.61$47,040
Maryland FlagMaryland4.679$26.73$55,590
Massachusetts FlagMassachusetts4.306$30.22$62,850
Michigan FlagMichigan4.324$28.62$59,520
Minnesota FlagMinnesota3.809$27.80$57,830
Mississippi FlagMississippi5.579$21.33$44,360
Missouri FlagMissouri3.785$27.55$57,300
Montana FlagMontana5.376$29.18$60,700
Nebraska FlagNebraska4.684$21.05$43,790
Nevada FlagNevada3.925$27.44$57,070
New Hampshire FlagNew Hampshire3.459$23.10$48,050
New Jersey FlagNew Jersey3.239$32.49$67,570
New Mexico FlagNew Mexico4.418$23.03$47,890
New York FlagNew York4.178$33.57$69,820
North Carolina FlagNorth Carolina3.468$19.50$40,550
North Dakota FlagNorth Dakota9.443$27.09$56,350
Ohio FlagOhio4.121$24.70$51,370
Oklahoma FlagOklahoma3.805$22.84$47,510
Oregon FlagOregon4.718$33.02$68,690
Pennsylvania FlagPennsylvania3.911$27.46$57,120
Rhode Island FlagRhode Island4.341$24.32$50,580
South Carolina FlagSouth Carolina3.651$20.11$41,820
South Dakota FlagSouth Dakota4.336$21.28$44,270
Tennessee FlagTennessee3.433$22.45$46,710
Texas FlagTexas4.492$21.70$45,130
Utah FlagUtah5.163$22.84$47,520
Vermont FlagVermont3.688$21.63$45,000
Virginia FlagVirginia4.591$23.01$47,850
Washington FlagWashington4.451$31.54$65,590
West Virginia FlagWest Virginia6.72$25.57$53,190
Wisconsin FlagWisconsin3.937$26.58$55,280
Wyomin FlagWyoming9.211$27.48$57,160

Top paying metropolitan areas

AreaEmployment per 1000 jobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
San Francisco / San Mateo / Redwood City, – CA – Metropolitan Division2.48$41.67$86,670
Anchorage, AK 6.43$37.67$78,350
Oakland / Fremont / Hayward, – CA – Metropolitan Division 3.98$36.68$76,300
Rockford, IL 4.73$36.58$76,080
New York / White Plains / Wayne, – NY/NJ – Metropolitan Division 4.38$36.31$75,530

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas

AreaEmployment per 1000 jobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Railbelt – Southwest Alaska – nonmetropolitan area9.66$39.37$81,890
Southeast Alaska – nonmetropolitan area4.98$36.67$76,270
Eastern Montana – nonmetropolitan area 15.06$36.57$76,060
North Coast Region of California – nonmetropolitan area 1.86$35.19$73,190
Northeast Minnesota – nonmetropolitan area 3.42$32.14$66,850

Electrician Career Video

Noel Griffith, Ph.D.
Noel Griffith is a Doctor of Philosophy with a strong interest in educational research. He has been an editor-in-chief of since 2014. Noel is an avid reader (non-fiction), enjoys good food, live theatre, and helping others make wiser career decisions.

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