Understanding Electrician’s Salaries

Becoming and electrician is an appealing trade for those seeking a prosperous technical career. Trade careers are taught at trade schools, or at on-the-job programs, and are the more feasible option for those who find it difficult returning to collage or a four year university. Electricians are part of vast field of trade workers that can earn, and demand, wages according to the task or job they are hired to do. Salaries of electricians vary according to state and license possessed. The following are different types of electricians, licenses required to work, and the varying wages each degree has the potential to earn.


Specialty electricians trained in specific applications such as helicopter or airline electrical maintenance, motor vehicle maintenance, or computer electricians earn knowledge from a trade school, but can also be trained on-the-job to their specified type of job, but considering most electrician jobs are union cover, these jobs must always be supervised but licensed electricians. Salaries of these electricians vary according to which state one is employed in, yet are approximately between $28,000/yr to $45,000/yr.

During these years one could earn apprentice electrician experience. Apprentice electricians are students who work under the guidance of a trained and licensed electrician such as, lighting installation, mechanical connections, power supplies, and communications, yet only under the supervision of a licensed electrician. Some apprenticeships may involve shadowing an electrician, yet all require taking courses at an accredited school without shadowing. Some programs, however, require both. Wages and salary vary during this time and also depend on state, but can range from $35,000/yr to $45,000.

During apprentice electrician years, one could earn experience and wages in efforts to be licensed as a journeyman electrician. A certified journeyman can work unsupervised on any electrical job, such as installing and repairing wiring and conduit, installing fixtures and equipment, running power lines for municipalities, and installing control wiring for a building’s mechanical system; and can train others seeking a certification. A certified journeyman electrician’s salary can earn from $40,000/yr to $50,000/yr.

After three to five years of journeyman electrician work experience, one could apply to take the master electrician’s exam in their state. A master electrician performs varying work from installing complex circuitry and wiring to overseeing entire building electrical projects. Master electricians can also focus specific areas in business such as installing computer-based media systems or advanced audio systems for high-end homes. Being the top electrician’s license, master electrician can even often pull construction permits, work on blueprints, and mentor the apprentice and journeyman electricians. For this, master electricians earn the highest pay in the electrician’s field, with average salaries varying from state to state, and ranging from $50,000 to $60,000.

Another type is mechanical electricians, which always must be supervised by a master electrician and specialize in machinery repairs and maintenance, and can earn salaries from $28,000/yr to $35,000.

Electrical work is tough, and electricians work for many years and earn many different licenses in order to build on their level of work, expertise, and salary, making electrician training a lucrative prospect for those looking for fulfilling careers.

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