Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Electricians, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer electricians the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where electricians get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for electricians.The result is this list of the best cities electricians:
So there you have it — Gary is the best city when it comes to being a electrician.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a electrician? That would be McAllen.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for electricians and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for electricians in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well electricians get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 401 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 401 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for electricians in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for electricians.
Total Jobs: 3,680
Average Annual Salary: $71,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,140
Location Quotient: 3.24
Total Jobs: 540
Average Annual Salary: $67,390
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,380
Location Quotient: 3.21
Total Jobs: 230
Average Annual Salary: $76,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,020
Location Quotient: 1.42
Total Jobs: 320
Average Annual Salary: $64,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,530
Location Quotient: 1.47
Total Jobs: 1,120
Average Annual Salary: $63,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,650
Location Quotient: 1.69
Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $75,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,690
Location Quotient: 1.32
Total Jobs: 770
Average Annual Salary: $62,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,050
Location Quotient: 1.34
Total Jobs: 3,740
Average Annual Salary: $66,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,200
Location Quotient: 1.2
Total Jobs: 2,140
Average Annual Salary: $51,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,820
Location Quotient: 3.4
Total Jobs: 600
Average Annual Salary: $58,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,940
Location Quotient: 1.2
If you’re looking to start out your career as a electrician these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a electrician in America:
|4||Grand Forks, ND||$64,280|
|11||St. Joseph, MO||$58,590|
|16||Pine Bluff, AR||$54,880|
|20||San Luis Obispo, CA||$70,550|
|22||Terre Haute, IN||$57,070|
|25||San Francisco, CA||$93,120|
|29||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$54,020|
|32||Mount Vernon, WA||$63,490|
|33||Montgomery County, PA||$66,740|
|34||Cedar Rapids, IA||$59,680|
|36||Rapid City, SD||$50,250|
|41||Baton Rouge, LA||$51,450|
|46||Great Falls, MT||$55,310|
|50||Fort Wayne, IN||$53,540|
|51||Des Moines, IA||$57,160|
|52||St. Louis, MO||$62,780|
|53||El Centro, CA||$68,930|
|54||San Rafael, CA||$85,090|
|58||Urban Honolulu, HI||$71,900|
|63||Lake Charles, LA||$49,030|
|70||Santa Rosa, CA||$72,960|
|73||Idaho Falls, ID||$51,180|
|74||Salt Lake City, UT||$51,390|
|75||Michigan City, IN||$58,050|
|77||Ann Arbor, MI||$71,120|
|81||San Jose, CA||$76,100|
|87||Kansas City, MO||$59,390|
|96||San Diego, CA||$67,940|