Electrician Career Path
Are you trying to learn more about career paths for electricians or how to become an electrician? This is your one-stop shop. We’ll share everything you need to know. Our hope is to educate more people on opportunities in the trades, like this one.
Required Skills for An Electrician
You’ll be a great candidate for a career in electrical work if you've mastered the skills below. If you haven't yet, that’s okay! We’ll tell you how to get there.
Electrician Job Overview
We think you have what it takes to be an electrician... do you?
I think we all understand how valuable electricity is to us today. Without electricians, we wouldn’t be able to utilize this precious resource. Electricians are responsible for installation, maintenance and repair of any equipment used to provide electric power to our homes, businesses, and factories. The work that electricians do is vital to our daily operations, but it can also be hazardous—so it is especially important that they stay up to date on safety codes and approved materials.
Key Responsibilities for Electricians:
Now you might be wondering “what does an electrician do on a daily basis?” Here is what most electrician jobs entail. But keep an eye out for changes—every job posting is different, and every employer has its own preferences for electricians.
How to Become an Electrician
Not sure where to go next in your pursuit to be an electrician? We are here to help. Follow us as we walk through a potential electrician career path.
Here are some trends we’ve noticed in the Construction industry:
The construction industry landscape has changed a lot over the years, but the needs are ever-increasing. Look at some insights that we found.
Electrician Jobs trends
It is projected that electrician jobs will grow by 8% between 2019 and 2029. The best jobs for electricians in the coming years will be those in solar power or alternative energy. Focusing on skills related to those fields might get you ahead of the curve.
Hiring Trends in the Construction Industry
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that, on average, there will be about 168,500 construction laborer and helper openings each year until 2031. This growth rate is as fast as the average job growth rate.
- Journeyman Electrician
- Electrical Apprentice
- Lead Electrician
- Maintenance Electrician
- Master Electrician
- Electrical Helper
- Electrical Foreman
- Electrical Maintenance Supervisor
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So, how much can you earn?
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An electrician’s salary can range anywhere from $55,500 to $84,417 depending on certifications, experience, specialty, and geographic location. There are many opportunities in this field, and we know how overwhelming things can be starting out, so we wanted to share our findings on what an electrician is being paid as of 2023.
Here’s a generic breakdown of an electrician’s salary progression:
Avg. Entry level (Electrical Apprentice or Helper) salary: $55,500
Avg. Mid-level (Master Electrician) salary: $73,174
Avg. Senior level (Lead Master Electrician) salary: $84,417
These five states have the highest average electrician salary:
- Alaska ($80,536)
- Washington ($77,661)
- Massachusetts ($71,067)
- Vermont ($71,063)
- North Dakota ($68,879)
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Let us show you why NCW should be a part of your journey to becoming an electrician:
We specialize in helping construction professionals find projects that they love. Do you have interest, or experience, in the electrical field? We offer a paid electrical apprenticeship program to employees who have worked at least 500 hours on our payroll. Even if you aren’t looking for an apprenticeship, we are here to help you when the time feels right. Have another specialty? Don’t worry, we hire in other industries too.
Our recruiters have years of experience working with top talent, just like you. Our goal is to get to know you, understand your aspirations, chat through your experience, and connect you with a position that aligns with YOU.
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