Salary for Electricians

Also known as:  Chief Electrician, Control Electrician, Electrical Maintenance Worker, Electrical Sign Wirer, House Wirer, Licensed Electrician, Lighting Fixture Installer, Marine Electrician, Master Electrician, Solar Photovoltaic Electrician

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An electrician installs and maintains the electrical system in residential homes and other buildings. Electrical work is not as dangerous as many types of construction work, although electrical shocks and burns are fairly common. Electricians must also work in all types of weather and stand for long periods of time, which can be strenuous. Few employers will require a formal education to become a practicing electrician, though almost all employers will require a high school diploma or GED. Most states require that electricians have a formal license to practice. Many learn through an apprentice program, and others go to trade schools.

An Electrician will most likely earn a compensation in a range of 40000 to 60000 based on level of experience. Electricians will usually earn an average salary of Fifty One Thousand Seven Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Electricians can obtain the highest pay in Alaska, where they can receive pay levels, on average, of close to $67480. Employees in this career have the highest salaries in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can receive an average pay rate of $65700.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 15.14 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Electricians tend to make the most in the following industries
Information $65,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $61,490
Utilities $59,350
Management of Companies and Enterprises $57,690
Finance and Insurance $57,240
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $56,300
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $45,670
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $46,730
Other Services (except Public Administration) $48,870
Accommodation and Food Services $50,100
Educational Services $50,740
Manufacturing $51,060
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