Best-Paying Cities for Electricians | KMVU Fox 26 Medford

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For anyone looking for a promising career option with many opportunities over the next few decades, becoming an electrician is a great choice.

Electricians enter the field without a four-year degree and can instead opt for cheaper vocational education or training that allows them to make money while improving their skills. The demand for electrician services is already fairly stable as everyone depends on electricity, but the field has good prospects too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in this field will grow by 8% this decade – well above the overall employment growth rate – as more of the country’s energy infrastructures move to renewable sources. And like professionals in many other professions, electricians are well compensated for their work, earning an average annual wage of more than $ 56,000.

Despite the evolving opportunities for growth, one disadvantage of a career as an electrician is that employment in the job is closely correlated with larger economic trends. When the economy is booming, the demand for electricians increases with activity in industry, and particularly in construction. But when the economy struggles, local jobs disappear. Recent history shows this trend: The Great Recession sparked a massive decline in the employment of electricians, but from a low point in 2011, the field added nearly 300,000 full-time employees through decades of economic recovery.

The strength of the electrician profession is inconsistent demographically and the largest gap in this regard is by gender. Women consistently make up less than 3% of the job, and the proportion has declined over the past five years despite continued growth in the industry as a whole. However, this pattern is not uncommon in other construction occupations: current BLS data shows that women also make up less than 5% of related occupations such as carpenters, plumbers, roofers, and bricklayers.

Location is also an important factor in the work and earnings prospects of electricians. In general, after adjusting for the cost of living, the Midwest has some of the best wages for electricians, led by Illinois with an adjusted median annual wage of $ 83,645. This is partly due to cost differences, as many Midwestern states are cheaper than the coastal areas, but those differences don’t tell the full story.

Instead, factors such as industry mix and the strength of the unions may be key factors in determining electricians’ wages. For example, Alaska, the third highest paid state for electricians, has one of the highest union rates in the country, along with a large oil and gas exploration industry that requires highly skilled electricians to keep equipment running safely and efficiently. The highest paid states in the Midwest also have stronger unions and production-oriented economies that rely on skilled industrial electricians. Meanwhile, poorly paid states in the south have much weaker unions and economies that are more likely to be driven by agriculture or other industries where the services of electricians are less critical. The same factors play a role at the subway level, and accordingly, most of the highest paying cities for electricians are in the states where electricians pay the most.

To see how locations compared to electrician pay, Construction Coverage researchers used Bureau of Labor Statistics wage and employment data and US Bureau of Economic Analysis cost of living to calculate the cost-adjusted median annual wage for electricians in every state and every subway. They also calculated the relative concentration of electricians at each location, which is the percentage difference of the location to the national concentration.

Here are the highest paid metros for electricians.

Highest paid large metro for electricians

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15. Kansas City, MO-KS

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 62,177
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 57,700
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 40,640
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): -16.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to average): -7.2%

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14. Louisville / Jefferson County, KY-IN

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 64,063
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 57,400
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 37,460
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): + 31.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to average): -10.4%

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13. Cleveland-Elyria, OH

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 65,261
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 58,670
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 40,440
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): -20.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to average): -10.1%

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12. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 65,406
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 74,890
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 53,360
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): + 10.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to the average): + 14.5%

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11. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 65,645
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 63,610
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 35,660
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): + 6.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to average): -3.1%

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10. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 66,657
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 70,190
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 43,840
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): -21.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to the average): + 5.3%

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9. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 68,159
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 64,410
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 39,470
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): -8.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to average): -5.5%

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8. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 72,392
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 68,990
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 41,620
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): + 16.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to average): -4.7%

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7. Pittsburgh, PA

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 73,203
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 67,640
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 40,570
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): -15.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to average): -7.6%

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6. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (adjusted): $ 74,742
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 76,910
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 47,010
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): -34.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to the average): + 2.9%

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5. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA.

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 75,636
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 101,730
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 57,040
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): 0.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to the average): + 34.5%

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4. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 76,152
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 72,040
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 40,720
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): -18.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to average): -5.4%

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3. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 77,848
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 81,740
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 45,350
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): + 33.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to the average): + 5.0%

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2. St. Louis, MO-IL

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Adjusted): $ 80,577
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 72,600
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 40,170
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): -11.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to average): -9.9%

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1. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (adjusted): $ 82,938
  • Average Annual Electrician Wage (Actual): $ 85,260
  • Average Annual Wage for All Employees (Actual): $ 42,500
  • Relative concentration of electricians (compared to the average): -12.0%
  • Relative cost of living (compared to the average): + 2.8%

Methodology and detailed results

The wage and employment data used in this analysis comes from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 survey of Employment Statistics (OES). The cost of living data comes from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis regional price parity dataset.

For each location, the median annual wage for electricians was adjusted up or down based on the relative cost of living. At locations with higher cost of living, wages have been adjusted to take account of the lower purchasing power. In places with lower cost of living, wages have been adjusted to take account of higher purchasing power. The researchers also calculated the relative concentration of electricians at each location, which is the percentage difference of the location to the national concentration (measured as the total number of electricians divided by the total number of employees in all occupations).

Only locations with at least 100,000 people and available data from both BLS and BEA were included in the analysis. In addition, metropolitan areas were divided into cohorts based on population size: small (100,000–349,999), medium (350,000–999,999) and large (1,000,000 or more).

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