The Best States for Electrical Jobs

There will always be a demand for electricians. No matter what state you live or work in, you will find work as an electrician. However, that does not mean that there aren’t some states in the U.S. that are more favorable for an electrical career or where you can make more money. To help determine the best states for electrical jobs, we researched recent studes on the matter. Here are some of those results.

A recent article from, a career website, ranked the top states based on financial measures such as salary and benefits. Their top states were the following:

  1. Alaska. Living in Alaska is not without its challenges, but if it is the type of environment in which you are comfortable, you can make a great living. The average annual salary for electricians is $77 thousand, with the lowest 10% still earning a robust $52 thousand. The top earners earn well into six figures.
  2. North Dakota. Another area with somewhat tougher living conditions, North Dakota offers an average electrical salary of $61 thousand, with the top 10% earning $114 thousand.
  3. Wyoming. The definite trend among the states at the top of this list, such as Wyoming, is that they are “tough”, snowy places, thus likely requiring high salaries to draw electricians. The average electrical salary in Wyoming is $58 thousand, and there is plenty of work.
  4. Wisconsin. The average electrical salary in this state is $61 thousand, with the top 10% earners bringing in a cool $115 thousand.
  5. Minnesota. Yet again, if you are willing to brave the winters of the extreme Northern parts of the country, you will be well rewarded. Minnesota has an average electricans’ salary of $68 thousand, with the top earners pulling down a whopping $128 thousand, which was the highest potential salary reported in the study.

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Another study conducted by ranked the best states for electricans purely by average salary, so the top of their list looks a little different. Here are the top 5 states according to Forbes:

  1. New York – $78 thousand
  2. Alaska – $76 thousand
  3. Illinois – $76 thousand
  4. Hawaii – $76 thousand
  5. New Jersey – $72 thousand

As you can see, there is a somewhat warmer feel to the above list (especially with the inclusion of Hawaii). One thing to keep in mind is that the Forbes list does not take into consideration factors such as cost of living and job demand.

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Finally, another ranking of the top states for electricians compiled by U.S. News & World Report looked like this:

  1. New York – $78 thousand
  2. Alaska – $76 thousand
  3. Washington D.C. – $76 thousand
  4. Illiinois – $76 thousand
  5. Hawaii – $76 thousand

As you can see, the U.S. News & World Report list is very similar to the Forbes list.

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No matter where you go as an electrician, you will find work. But if you’re looking to maximize your earning potential, the states discussed above give you the best opportunity to do that.

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