Average Hourly Wage of Electricians, By State

In our weekly quest to analyze each individual construction profession by state, we’ll examine electricians.  The three previous professions we examined were general construction laborers, followed by heavy equipment operators .  You can also see the full list of all past and future professions by clicking here.

Electricians are very essential to every single construction project, but it's also one of the most dangerous jobs in the construction industry,  According to OSHA, electrocutions cause almost 9% of all construction related deaths, making it one of the group's Fatal Four. Generally, an electrician in the United States falls under 1 of 3 categories: apprentice, journeyman, and master, but this data compiles all of those levels into one category.  It's also important to note that utility line installers are not included in this category.

All data below comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s most recent reports from May 2016.

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of a Electrician, by State

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of a Electrician, by State

51. Arkansas--  $20.45/hour

50. North Carolina--  $20.65/hour

49. South Carolina--  $20.94/hour

48. Florida--  $21.30/hour

47. Alabama--  $22.29/hour

46. South Dakota--  $22.31/hour

45. Texas--  $22.31/hour

44. Georgia--  $22.35/hour

43. Tennessee--  $22.41/hour

42. Nebraska--  $22.85/hour

41. Idaho--  $22.97/hour

40. Mississippi--  $23.20/hour

39. Vermont--  $23.32/hour

38. Oklahoma--  $23.34/hour

37. Maine--  $23.48/hour

36. Virginia--  $23.74/hour

35. Arizona--  $23.78/hour

34. New Mexico--  $24.16/hour

33. Colorado--  $24.32/hour

32. Louisiana--  $24.43/hour

31. Kentucky--  $24.69/hour

30. West Virginia--  $24.85/hour

29. Ohio--  $24.86/hour

28. Utah--  $24.95/hour

27. Iowa--  $24.98/hour

26. New Hampshire--  $25.00/hour

25. Rhode Island--  $25.54/hour

24. Maryland--  $25.88/hour

23. Kansas--  $26.52/hour

22. Delaware--  $27.07/hour

21. Michigan--  $27.21/hour

20. Connecticut--  $27.63/hour

19. Indiana--  $27.73/hour

18. Wisconsin--  $27.84/hour

17. Wyoming--  $28.24/hour

16. Missouri--  $28.63/hour

15. Pennsylvania--  $28.92/hour

14. North Dakota--  $29.33/hour

13. Montana--  $29.61/hour

12. Nevada--  $29.92/hour

11. Minnesota--  $30.94/hour

10. Washington--  $31.37/hour

9. Massachusetts--$31.80/hour

8. Oregon--  $32.26/hour

7. California--  $32.75/hour

6. New Jersey--  $34.29/hour

5. District of Columbia--  $34.59/hour

4. New York--  $35.10/hour

3. Illinois--  $35.17/hour

2. Hawaii--  $35.95/hour

1. Alaska--  $39.23/hour

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of a Electrician - Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

Cost of living in each state also has a large impact on the amount of money construction trades actually bring home, so the graph below shows each state's adjusted hourly wage based upon the cost of living index for that state.  All cost of living index data comes from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and was last updated for the second quarter of 2017.  The cost of living index was based upon grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and miscellaneous costs for each state.

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of a Electrician - Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

51. Hawaii--  $12.08/hour

50. District of Columbia--  $16.12/hour

49. California--  $17.82/hour

48. Maryland--  $18.89/hour

47. Rhode Island--  $19.84/hour

46. Maine--  $20.73/hour

45. South Carolina--  $21.23/hour

44. Florida--  $21.62/hour

43. North Carolina--  $21.77/hour

42. New Hampshire--  $22.00/hour

41. Oregon--  $22.03/hour

40. Massachusetts--  $22.10/hour

39. South Dakota--  $22.40/hour

38. Vermont--  $22.64/hour

37. Arkansas--  $23.03/hour

36. Connecticut--  $23.07/hour

35. Virginia--  $23.22/hour

34. Colorado--  $23.61/hour

33. New York--  $24.01/hour

32. Alabama--  $24.36/hour

31. Texas--  $24.41/hour

30. Georgia--  $24.45/hour

29. Arizona--  $24.61/hour

28. Nebraska--  $24.72/hour

27. Tennessee--  $24.79/hour

26. Idaho--  $24.97/hour

25. New Mexico--  $25.59/hour

24. Oklahoma--  $25.72/hour

23. Louisiana--  $25.75/hour

22. West Virginia--  $25.87/hour

21. Utah--  $26.12/hour

20. Kentucky--  $26.34/hour

19. Delaware--  $26.47/hour

18. Mississippi--  $26.56/hour

17. New Jersey--  $26.57/hour

16. Ohio--  $26.77/hour

15. Iowa--  $27.00/hour

14. Alaska--  $27.30/hour

13. Nevada--  $28.30/hour

12. Pennsylvania--  $28.46/hour

11. Wisconsin--  $28.56/hour

10. Washington--  $28.86/hour

9. Wyoming--$29.23/hour

8. Kansas--  $29.25/hour

7. Montana--  $29.40/hour

6. North Dakota--  $29.65/hour

5. Michigan--  $29.85/hour

4. Indiana--  $30.28/hour

3. Minnesota--  $31.00/hour

2. Missouri--  $31.52/hour

1. Illinois--  $36.15/hour