In each state, here’s how much money electricians make.
Electricians are a profession that isn’t going away anytime soon in the United States.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, electrician employment is expected to grow at a greater rate than the national average, with nearly 74,100 new electrician positions generated between 2018 and 2028, a 10% increase.
We investigated and created a list of the average electrician income by state in the United States using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Continue reading to find out where electricians make the most money and where they make the least.
Electricians make the most money in these ten states.
According to the BLS, the national average annual wage for an electrician is $59,190, which is slightly more than the average annual wage for all occupations, which is $51,960.
Depending on the state, the typical electrician wage can vary greatly. The top ten highest-paying states for electricians are listed below.
- $77,810 in New York
- $76,330 in Alaska
- $75,820 in Illinois
- $75,810 in Hawaii
- $71,660 in New Jersey
- $70,410 in Minnesota
- $69,330 in Oregon
- $69,320 in California
- $68,640 in Washington
- $68,030 in Massachusetts
Over the last five years, from 2013 to 2018, the average electrician income in New York, the highest-paying state, has climbed by 10.3 percent.
The increase in electrical salaries is even more pronounced in No. 4 Hawaii and No. 6 Minnesota, where the average electrician income has increased by 18% and 24.2 percent over the last five years, respectively.
The 10 States with the Lowest Paying Electricians
The bottom ten states with the lowest pay for electricians are located in the South, Upper Midwest, and West areas of the United States.
Electrician salary are similar to cost of living in that annual wages and cost of living are both cheaper in certain states than in others, such as the top-paying states.
- $43,650 in Arkansas
- $44,140 in North Carolina
- $44,720 in South Carolina
- $45,240 in Florida
- $45,490 in South Dakota
- $47,590 in Alabama
- $47,950 in Arizona
- $49,540 (Mississippi)
- $50,170 in Idaho
- $50,470 in Nebraska
Six of the ten states with the lowest wages are in the South. Apart from lower wages in general, the South is known for anti-union measures such as right-to-work legislation.
Over the last several decades, these policies have contributed to the migration of industrial and union-heavy enterprises to the South.
What Does an Electrician Earn in Each State?
From 2013 to 2018, the average annual wage for electricians in all 50 states is shown below.
Minnesota has the highest average electrician income rise, up 24.2 percent from $56,690 in 2013 to $70,410 in 2018.
Vermont had the second-highest increase rate of 23.4 percent, albeit from a lower starting base of $41,680 in 2013 to $51,440 in 2018.