Electricians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
819k
Average Age
41
Estimated Job Growth
8.41%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$57,805
Average Male Salary
$57,961
Average Female Salary
$51,229

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Electricians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Electricians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Electricians, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Electricians are paid most in Springfield (South), West Springfield & Franconia PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Hidalgo County (North & West) PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$57,805
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,017

In 2020, Electricians earned an average of $57,805, $1,851 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Interior designers make somewhat more than Electricians while Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Electricians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.316
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Electricians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.316, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Electricians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Electricians.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Electricians.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Electricians, by average wage, are Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, Tobacco manufacturing, and Pipeline transportation.

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Industries by Share

819k
2020 Workforce
± 22,163
2.31%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.76%

The number of people employed as Electricians has been growing at a rate of 2.31%, from 800,935 people in 2019 to 819,436 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Electricians employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Electricians at  69.7%, followed by Electric power generation, transmission & distribution with 4.76% and Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing with 1.47%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Electricians in the US. The average age of male Electricians in the workforce is 41 and of female Electricians is 40.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Electricians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

800k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 21,905
19.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,388

97.7% of Electricians are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Electricians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Electricians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

67.9% of Electricians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.6% of Electricians, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Electricians.

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Age by Sex

41
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.36
40.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.38

The median age of Electricians is 41, and Male employees are generally 0.321 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Electricians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Electricians is Engineering but a relatively high number of Electricians hold a major in Mechanical Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Electricians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Electricians need many skills, but most especially Troubleshooting, Repairing, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Electricians need more than the average amount of Installation, Repairing, and Equipment Maintenance.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Electricians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Electricians are expected to see a growth of 8.41% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

8.41%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Electricians. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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