How Much Do Electricians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States


Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures and ensure that their work is in accordance with relevant codes.

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Average salary

Annual salary
$61550 per year
Hourly wage
$30 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,810 to $42,790 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $21 per hour

Entry-level Electricians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,810 to $42,790 per year or $16 to $21 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Electricians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $47 $98,720
Senior (Top 25%) $36 $75,380
Middle (Mid 50%) $27 $56,900
Junior (Bottom 25%) $21 $42,790
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $33,810

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
IL $39 $81,650
NY $39 $81,340
HI $38 $79,280
DC $38 $79,030
OR $37 $76,040
WA $37 $76,040
CA $36 $75,900
NJ $36 $75,140
VI $36 $74,800
AK $36 $74,240

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Electrician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like IL doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at IL might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Electricians are in the states of IL, NY, HI, DC and OR.

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