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This can be a lucrative career. In 2012, the median wage for an electrician was $49,840. The highest-paid earned north of $80,000, while the lowest-paid electricians earned around $30,000 that year. The best-paying industries include motion pictures (where electricians are known as gaffers) and natural gas distribution. The best-paying cities include Trenton, N.J., San Francisco, New York City and Fairbanks, Alaska. An apprentice usually makes between 30 percent and 50 percent less than someone who is fully trained.

Job Salary Year
2004 $44,610.00
2006 $46,080.00
2008 $49,390.00
2010 $51,450.00
2012 $53,030.00

Average Electrician Pay vs. All Construction Jobs

The mean salary for an electrician was $53,030 in 2012, more than that of the average carpenter ($44,520) and construction worker ($34,490). Construction managers, however, earn far more than electricians, with an average salary of $90,960 a year. Cost estimators earn a mid-level salary of $63,080.

Job Name Salary
Construction Manager $82,790.00
Cost Estimator $58,860.00
Electrician $49,840.00
Electrician $49,840.00
Carpenter $39,940.00
Construction Worker $29,990.00

Best Paying Cities for Electricians

The highest paid in the electrician profession work in the metropolitan areas of Trenton, New Jersey, San Francisco, and New York City. The Fairbanks, Arkansas area also pays well, as does the city of Oakland, California.

Trenton, New Jersey

Average Salary: $81,340 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an electrician working in Trenton, New Jersey is $81,340, which is $31,500 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $80,430 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an electrician working in San Francisco is $80,430, which is $30,590 more than the average pay in the profession.

New York City

Average Salary: $79,440 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an electrician working in New York City is $79,440, which is $29,600 more than the average pay in the profession.

Fairbanks, Arkansas

Average Salary: $76,630 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an electrician working in Fairbanks, Arkansas is $76,630, which is $26,790 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, California

Average Salary: $76,450 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an electrician working in Oakland, California is $76,450, which is $26,610 more than the average pay in the profession.

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