Electricians install electrical energy systems in homes and commercial buildings and can focus on construction, maintenance, or both. The Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) reports that most states require electricians to be licensed and hourly rates tend to vary depending on the level of training and experience of the electrician. Other factors that affect how much an electrician charges per hour include their location and the industry in which they work.
Average hourly rate
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the average hourly rate an electrician earns in the U.S. is $24.45 in May 2009. The average rate was $22.68 per hour, electricians in the 10th percentile earned $13.79 per hour, 25 percentile won $17.30 per hour, 75 won $30.35 per hour, and 90 percentile won $38.59 per hour.
The industry with the highest level of electricians employed is construction equipment contractors, according to the BLS, where electricians earned an average hourly wage of $24.29. Electricians working for the local government earned an average of $26.16 per hour, while those working in employment services earned less than $20.91 per hour. In the construction of non-residential buildings, electricians earned an average hourly wage of US$23.58, and electricity generation, transmission, and distribution earned US$27.54 per hour.
Hourly rates for electricians tend to be higher in other sectors with fewer employment opportunities. Electricians in the film and video industry earned an average hourly wage of $36.32, according to the BLS, and in accounting, tax preparation, book, and payroll services, they earned $33.89 per hour. In the distribution of natural gas, an electrician earned an hourly rate of US$33.87 per hour, those who worked on services to buildings and homes earned US$32 per hour and those working on the transportation of natural gas pipelines earned US$30.73 per hour.
Hourly rates for electricians vary depending on the cost of living in the area. The BLS names Alaska as the state that pays electricians the most, with an average hourly wage of $32.44, followed by Illinois, at a rate of $32.33 per hour and New York at a rate of $32 per hour. San Francisco, California, is the nation’s highest-paying metropolitan area for electricians, with an average hourly rate of $38.48.