The career of an electrician is one that’s not going to disappear anytime soon in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of electricians is forecasted to increase faster than average, with approximately 74,100 electrician jobs being added from 2018 to 2028, an increase of roughly 10%.
Using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we’ve analyzed and compiled a round-up of the average electrician salary by state in the U.S. Read on for a full breakdown of where electricians make the most money, and where they’re making the least.
10 States Where Electricians Earn The Most Money
The national average annual wage of an electrician is $59,190, according to the BLS, somewhat higher than the average annual salary for all occupations, $51,960. The average electrician salary can vary significantly depending on the state. Below is a list of the top-10 highest-paying states for electricians.
- New York: $77,810
- Alaska: $76,330
- Illinois: $75,820
- Hawaii: $75,810
- New Jersey: $71,660
- Minnesota: $70,410
- Oregon: $69,330
- California: $69,320
- Washington: $68,640
- Massachusetts: $68,030
The average electrician salary in New York, the highest-paying state, has increased a substantial 10.3% over the last five years from 2013 to 2018. The growth in electrician salaries is even more marked in No. 4 Hawaii and No. 6 Minnesota, where the average electrician salary rose by 18% and 24.2%, respectively, over the last five years.
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10 States Where Electricians Earn The Least Money
The bottom-10 states where electricians make the least money are a combination of states in the South, upper Midwest and West regions of the U.S. To a degree, electrician salaries mirror cost of living, with annual wages and cost of living both being on average lower in these states compared to others, such as the top-paying states.
- Arkansas: $43,650
- North Carolina: $44,140
- South Carolina: $44,720
- Florida: $45,240
- South Dakota: $45,490
- Alabama: $47,590
- Arizona: $47,950
- Mississippi: $49,540
- Idaho: $50,170
- Nebraska: $50,470
Six out of the 10-lowest paying states are located in the South. Besides having lower salaries in general, the South is also notable for having anti-union policies such as right to work laws. These policies have been part of the reason that industrial and union-heavy businesses have been relocating to the South over the last several decades.
How Much Do Electricians Make In Each State
Below you’ll find the average annual wage for electricians in all 50 states from 2013 to 2018. The state with the most growth in its average electrician salary is Minnesota, where they increased by 24.2%, from $56,690 in 2013 to $70,410 in 2018. Vermont experienced the second-greatest growth, 23.4%, although from a lower starting point: $41,680 in 2013, up to $51,440 in 2018.
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