Today, training to become an electrician offers a fast track towards a comfortable, student debt-free income for many high school graduates. The Bureau of Labor projects the need for this occupation will increase by 8% between 2019 and 2029. Electricians require manual dexterity, good math skills, and the ability to follow safety guidelines.
Individual states require workers in this field to pass proficiency exams and obtain licenses. This occupation recognizes three distinct levels of proficiency. Everyone begins as a closely supervised Apprentice. A Journeyman may work unsupervised, but requires the direction of a licensed Master Electrician. Eventually, many Journeyman Electricians meet the requirements to become fully independent Master Electricians.
Apprentice electricians frequently receive salaries during training. As they gain skills, their earnings increase. In 2019, the median salary for electricians in the USA stood at $56,180 per year, or $27.01 per hour.
Some types of employment in this field pay more, such as working for the federal or state government (offering an average annual salary of $62,940). Electricians employed in manufacturing fields also exceeded the national average, typically earning $60,000 per year.
Today, electricians in New York, the West Coast, Minnesota, and Illinois command the highest annual salaries, averaging $64,890 to $79,870 annually. The lowest paid electricians live in Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of the Deep South. They earn $27,910 to $51,380 annually.