The modern world is unable to operate without electricity. As a result, the electrician trade can very rewarding, especially in business sectors such as oil & gas or power distribution.
Each year, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles income data across many trades and professions, and in 2016 the average national wage for electricians was $56,650, equivalent to $27.24 per hour. However, the top 10% highest-earning electricians make more than $90,000 per year.
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance was found to be the top business sector for electricians in the USA, with an annual mean wage of $98,130. Natural Gas Distribution is in second place, offering electricians an annual mean wage of $91,130.
Electricians in the following states have the highest average yearly income (Source US BLS):
Average Hourly Wage
Average Yearly Wage
District of Columbia
The three cities that offer the highest wages for electricians in the USA are in California, even if the state itself is not among the top five.
San Rafael, CA
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Area
San José-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metropolitan Area
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Area
There are also several regions away from urban settings where electricians can make a significant income:
Balance of Alaska
Northern Mountains Region of California
North Coast Region of California