Because they install, maintain and repair the energy systems needed for daily life, business and manufacturing, electricians average $53,030 per year, or $25.50 per hour, which is at least 15 percent higher than the annual $45,790 yearly earned by the typical American worker. The best-paid electricians make over $82,390 yearly or $39.87 hourly. This is according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of the date of this post.
- The employers boasting the highest salaries for the profession are schools for business, computers and management training. They pay a mean $81,800 per year, or $39.33 per hour. However, they hire very few electricians, showing only 50 positions for last year.
- Second for wages is natural gas distribution, averaging $75,430 yearly, or $36.26 hourly.
- The state with the highest-paying employers for the profession is Alaska, averaging $74,280 annually, or $35.71 hourly.
- New York is next with mean pay of $70,580 per year, or $33.93 per hour, followed by Illinois at a mean $70,060 yearly, or $33.68 hourly.
- Among metro areas, Trenton, New Jersey, occupies the top compensation spot, averaging $81,340 per year, or $39.11 per hour.
- San Francisco ranks second at a mean annual $80,430 per year, or $38.67 per hour.
- At third is New York City, averaging $79,440 yearly, or $38.19 hourly.
Aside from high salaries, electricians also enjoy higher-than-average employment opportunities. From 2010 to 2020, their jobs are expected to grow by 23 percent, which is more than the 14 percent expected for all occupations in all industries. The demand will come from the new wiring and energy requirements needed to accommodate computer and communication technology.
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