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Other names for this job might include Airport Electrician, Antenna Installer, Antenna Rigger, Chief Electrician, Conduit Installer, Conduit Mechanic, Construction Electrician, Control Electrician, Diesel Electrician, Diesel Maintenance Electrician

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How Much Do Electricians Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Electricians make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as an Electrician will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).

Average salary

Annual salary
$56650 per year

Hourly wage
$27.240 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Electricians make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Electricians is $56650. Their salary can also be as low as $31800 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $90420 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $27.240 and can range from $15.290 to $43.470 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of An Electrician will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Electricians make with other careers, they have a salary rank of B.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$43.470$90420
Senior (Top 25%)$33.490$69670
Middle (Mid 50%)$25.350$52720
Junior (Bottom 25%)$19.020$39570
No experience (Bottom 10%)$15.290$31800

Entry-level Electricians who starts out at $39570 can expect to make $52720 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $15.290 per hour while the top 10% makes over $43.470 per hour.

While the median wage is $52720 per annum or $25.350 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries40.9685190
Natural Gas Distribution40.9185100
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services39.2981720
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing37.6478290
Lessors of Real Estate36.876550
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services36.0675000
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned35.4973810
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned35.3173440
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries34.2571250
Motion Picture and Video Industries34.2571250
Tobacco Manufacturing33.9670650
Other Pipeline Transportation33.3169280
Real Estate33.2969250
Oil and Gas Extraction32.8968420
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing32.4567490
Performing Arts Companies32.266990
Scientific Research and Development Services32.1366830
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences32.1366830
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging32.0666690
Hospitals, Local government owned31.8766280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned31.8766280
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance31.8166160
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing31.7566030
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution31.7366000
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing31.6465820
Support Activities for Mining31.5265570
Spectator Sports31.3865270
Finance and Insurance31.3165110
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing31.2965090
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)31.2665020
Publishing Industries (except Internet)31.1164700
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries30.6563750
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities30.663650
Insurance Carriers30.663650
Newspaper Publishers30.4563340
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers30.4463310
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation30.3663150
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries30.3663150
Household Appliance Manufacturing30.3463100
Support Activities for Water Transportation30.2562920
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing30.262820
Waste Treatment and Disposal30.1862770
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing30.1362670
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers30.0262450
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers3062390
Testing Laboratories29.9162220
Waste Management and Remediation Services29.8862160
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services29.7861940
Beverage Manufacturing29.7161800
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction29.761780
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing29.761770
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors29.4661270
Rail Transportation29.3861110
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing29.2960920
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction29.2560830
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services29.1360590
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals29.1260580
Metal Ore Mining29.0660440
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned29.0160350
Transportation and Warehousing28.9260150
Rental and Leasing Services28.8960090
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing28.8760050
Pipeline Transportation28.8660030
Utility System Construction28.8560010
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction28.7859870
Local government, including schools and hospitals28.5859440
Mining (except Oil and Gas)28.3759000
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers28.3658990
Facilities Support Services28.3558970
Coal Mining28.2458750
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned28.1858610
Federal, State, and Local Government28.1858610
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service28.1858610
Educational Services, Privately owned28.1558550
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly28.1458530
Water, Sewage and Other Systems28.1158470
Activities Related to Real Estate28.1158470
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers28.0158260
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation28.0158250
Ambulatory Health Care Services2858240
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing27.9658160
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing27.8857990
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses27.8757970
Postal Service (federal government)27.8257850
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods27.8157840
Automotive Repair and Maintenance27.7857790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.7357680
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying27.7357670
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing27.6957600
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing27.6757560
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.6657530
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing27.6557510
Chemical Manufacturing27.6357470
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.6157420
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing27.657410
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas27.5957390
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers27.5657330
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service27.5657330
Investigation and Security Services27.5357260
Security Systems Services27.5357260
Basic Chemical Manufacturing27.5257250
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills27.4557100
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers27.3956960
Hospitals, Privately owned27.3856940
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers27.3756920
Paper Manufacturing27.2856730
Grain and Oilseed Milling27.2756720
Primary Metal Manufacturing27.2556680
Animal Food Manufacturing27.2456660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned27.256580
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing27.1956550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned27.1656490
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing27.1656480
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)27.1456450
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction27.0756300
Junior colleges, Local government owned27.0256210
Federal government, including the US Postal Service26.9756110
Federal Executive Branch26.9656080
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities26.9556050
Support Activities for Transportation26.9456040
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing26.9456030
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services26.9356020
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing26.9155970
Management of Companies and Enterprises26.9155970
Educational Support Services, Local government owned26.8655870
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing26.8555850
Engineering Services26.8455820
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel26.7655660
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil26.7555640
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing26.7555630
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing26.7155560
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions26.5655240
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing26.5155130
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers26.555120
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)26.3454780
Specialized Design Services26.3254740
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations26.3154720
Educational Services, Local government owned26.2954680
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing26.2454590
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)26.2454570
All industries26.2154520
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing26.1754420
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing26.1554400
All industries, private ownership only26.1454360
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events26.1454360
Sawmills and Wood Preservation26.1154300
Nonstore Retailers26.154290
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)26.0854240
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned26.0154100
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing2654070
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing25.9353920
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing25.9153890
Plastics Product Manufacturing25.8753810
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing25.8753800
Rubber Product Manufacturing25.8653780
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)25.8553770
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors25.8553760
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing25.8453750
Gambling Industries25.8353730
Building Equipment Contractors25.8253710
Specialty Trade Contractors25.8153680
Casino Hotels25.8153680
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals25.7253500
Retail Trade25.6953430
Other Food Manufacturing25.6853410
Other Support Services25.5853200
Forging and Stamping25.5553140
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing25.5253090
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing25.4552950
Hospitals, State government owned25.4252880
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing25.3952820
Food Manufacturing25.3952800
State government, including schools and hospitals25.3852800
Building Finishing Contractors25.3652750
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers25.2952610
Accommodation and Food Services25.2952610
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services25.2852580
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing25.2752570
Traveler Accommodation25.2752570
Water Transportation25.2752560
Support Activities for Air Transportation25.2752560
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities25.2652550
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned25.252410
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing25.1952390
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing25.1752360
Computer Systems Design and Related Services25.1652340
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance25.1252240
Wholesale Trade25.152220
Educational Services, State government owned25.0852160
Nonresidential Building Construction25.0652130
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing25.0252040
Construction of Buildings25.0152020
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing24.9351850
Printing and Related Support Activities24.8951780
Warehousing and Storage24.8751730
Residential Building Construction24.8651710
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors24.8651700
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing24.8451660
Dairy Product Manufacturing24.8251620
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers24.7951570
Building Material and Supplies Dealers24.7951570
Communications Equipment Manufacturing24.7251410
Drywall and Insulation Contractors24.6651280
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing24.550960
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)24.4550860
Specialty hospitals, State government owned24.4550850
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing24.4350820
Offices of Physicians24.450750
Other Building Equipment Contractors24.3850710
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods24.3850700
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)24.3350610
Electronics and Appliance Stores24.2450430
Repair and Maintenance24.2450420
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned24.0650050
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing23.9849870
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors23.9449790
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing23.949710
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services23.8349580
Machinery Manufacturing23.8149530
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers23.7249330
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing23.6649220
Ship and Boat Building23.5949060
Support Activities for Rail Transportation23.4448760
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing23.4348730
Social Assistance23.3348520
Hardware Manufacturing23.2948440
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers23.1548150
Miscellaneous Manufacturing23.0547950
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing23.0447930
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing23.0247880
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations23.0147860
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing2347840
Machine Shops22.9747780
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services22.9747770
Wood Product Manufacturing22.9547740
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing22.9547740
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing22.9147640
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing22.8447510
Administrative and Support Services22.7947410
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance22.7647340
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers22.7547320
Textile Furnishings Mills22.6347080
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing22.6347070
Roofing Contractors22.5646930
Junior colleges, State government owned22.5446890
Textile Product Mills22.4846760
Animal Slaughtering and Processing22.4746730
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing22.3746540
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing22.346380
Amusement Parks and Arcades22.2646310
Employment Services22.2446260
Services to Buildings and Dwellings22.1346030
Fabric Mills21.9945740
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing21.8645480
Other Specialty Trade Contractors21.8545450
Other Textile Product Mills21.8545440
Textile Mills21.7345200
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills21.6645050
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing21.4844680
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills21.1944080
Inland Water Transportation20.6242880
Other Wood Product Manufacturing19.5940750
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers18.7438990
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance18.2337920
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing17.0535470

Not all industries pay the same for Electricians.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as An Electrician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at AK may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Electricians are in the states of AK, NY, HI, IL and NJ. The average salary in AK is $79420.

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