How much money does an electrician make in a week?

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How much money does an electrician make in a week?
The majority of electricians either work in new construction or are self-employed. (electrician image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

Electricians are taught in both a traditional classroom setting and through apprenticeships, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Apprenticeships are on-the-job training with pay under a skilled electrician. Most states require electricians to be licensed to practice their trade. An electrician's weekly income depends on who he works for and how much experience he has.

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Average Salary

As of 2010, electricians reported earning £9 to £14 an hour on average, according to wage data available at PayScale. Overtime wages increased these numbers to £13 to £21 an hour. Adding yearly bonuses, which can be as much as £975, and profit-sharing plans, which can add as much as £3,900, creates a total annual income of £20,150 to £33,800. This averages out to between £390 and £650 a week before taxes.

Salary by Employer

In 2010, electricians who worked for a franchise reported earning £9 to £12 an hour ($560 to £494 a week, based on a 40-hour work week). Electricians at hospitals earned as much as £16 an hour ($1,040 a week) and those who worked for the school system reported earning as much as £18 an hour ($1,160 a week). Self-employed electricians tend to earn the most money, according to PayScale, with hourly wages as high as £22 an hour ($1,360 a week).

Salary by Experience

New electricians who have less than a year of experience can expect beginning wages of between £6 to £10 an hour ($400 to £416 a week), according to wage information collected and updated by PayScale in 2010. After five to nine years, pay increases to about £13 an hour ($800 a week), and after as many as 20 years in the business, rises to £20 an hour ($1,240).

Job Outlook

Much of an electrician's job prospects are tied to new construction. As new homes and businesses are built, electricians will have work. Through the year 2018, a job increase of 12 per cent is predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, though if the economy suffers a setback, this figure may drop. Electricians will be needed to install lights and wire solar panels, and more will be needed to fill in the gaps left by retiring electricians.

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