Electricians generally complete a four-year apprenticeship program to learn their trade. Job opportunities for electricians with a broad range of skills are good as of December 2010. Almost 80 per cent of electricians work for themselves or in the construction industry.
Electricians in the United States earn an average annual salary of £33,052 per year. They make about £15.80 per hour. Those in the ninetieth percentile for salary earn £52,169 per year, and those in the lowest tenth percentile make about £18,655, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as of May 2009.
The highest-paying industry for electricians is motion picture and video industries, which pays electricians about £49,107 per year on average. The second highest-paying industry is accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services at £45,825 per year, and natural gas distribution pays about £45,792 per year. The services to buildings and dwellings industry pays about £43,290 per year, and pipeline transportation of natural gas pays electricians about £41,600.
The state paying electricians the most is Alaska, where the annual average salary is about £43,875. The next highest-paying state for electricians is Illinois at £43,712, and the next is New York at about £43,264. The fourth highest-paying state is Hawaii, where electricians earn about £42,705 per year. Electricians in New Jersey bring in approximately £41,925 per year.
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California is the highest-paying metro area for electricians, where the annual average salary is about £52,000. Electricians in New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ can make about £48,100 per year, and those in Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California can earn about £47,937 per year. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California electricians earn about £47,222 per year, and in Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Illinois, they make about £46,345 per year.
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