These Are The 10 Best Cities For Electricians

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Gary, IN
  2. Kokomo, IN
  3. Fairbanks, AK
  4. Grand Forks, ND
  5. Evansville, IN
  6. Anchorage, AK
  7. Flint, MI
  8. Detroit, MI
  9. Gulfport, MS
  10. Charleston, WV

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.

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How we determined the best cities to be a electricians?




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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

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.

1. Gary, IN

Best States For Electricians

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,680
Average Annual Salary: $71,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,140
Location Quotient: 3.24

2. Kokomo, IN

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 540
Average Annual Salary: $67,390
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,380
Location Quotient: 3.21

3. Fairbanks, AK

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 230
Average Annual Salary: $76,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,020
Location Quotient: 1.42

4. Grand Forks, ND

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 320
Average Annual Salary: $64,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,530
Location Quotient: 1.47

5. Evansville, IN

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,120
Average Annual Salary: $63,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,650
Location Quotient: 1.69

6. Anchorage, AK

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $75,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,690
Location Quotient: 1.32

7. Flint, MI

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 770
Average Annual Salary: $62,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,050
Location Quotient: 1.34

8. Detroit, MI

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,740
Average Annual Salary: $66,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,200
Location Quotient: 1.2

9. Gulfport, MS

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,140
Average Annual Salary: $51,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,820
Location Quotient: 3.4

10. Charleston, WV

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 600
Average Annual Salary: $58,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,940
Location Quotient: 1.2

And that’s our list of the best cities for electricians

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:

  1. McAllen, TX
  2. Brownsville, TX
  3. Sebastian, FL

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Electricians

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Gary, IN $71,710 $48,140 3,680
2 Kokomo, IN $67,390 $50,380 540
3 Fairbanks, AK $76,890 $54,020 230
4 Grand Forks, ND $64,280 $39,530 320
5 Evansville, IN $63,940 $36,650 1,120
6 Anchorage, AK $75,210 $49,690 1,000
7 Flint, MI $62,250 $43,050 770
8 Detroit, MI $66,530 $42,200 3,740
9 Gulfport, MS $51,770 $40,820 2,140
10 Charleston, WV $58,830 $34,940 600
11 St. Joseph, MO $58,590 $33,390 350
12 Owensboro, KY $49,240 $38,120 310
13 Decatur, AL $55,870 $32,650 400
14 Weirton, WV $60,090 $30,900 300
15 Casper, WY $56,060 $35,170 520
16 Pine Bluff, AR $54,880 $36,280 160
17 Saginaw, MI $62,700 $49,250 390
18 Muskegon, MI $57,980 $41,410 320
19 Lewiston, ID $60,140 $32,040 150
20 San Luis Obispo, CA $70,550 $41,990 670
21 Huntington, WV $55,950 $33,170 710
22 Terre Haute, IN $57,070 $35,600 370
23 Rockford, IL $76,680 $55,700 620
24 Lafayette, IN $57,900 $34,540 490
25 San Francisco, CA $93,120 $51,630 4,290
26 Fargo, ND $55,740 $33,170 960
27 Bismarck, ND $53,510 $34,340 550
28 Albany, OR $60,860 $36,360 350
29 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY $54,020 $33,840 2,920
30 Monroe, MI $63,770 $43,980 170
31 Topeka, KS $61,640 $35,350 540
32 Mount Vernon, WA $63,490 $35,170 280
33 Montgomery County, PA $66,740 $36,630 4,740
34 Cedar Rapids, IA $59,680 $33,370 1,000
35 Oakland, CA $78,970 $43,890 4,580
36 Rapid City, SD $50,250 $34,980 370
37 Florence, AL $51,820 $33,660 300
38 Davenport, IA $59,230 $37,770 830
39 Portland, OR $70,820 $40,850 4,500
40 Peoria, IL $63,560 $36,580 930
41 Baton Rouge, LA $51,450 $34,450 4,130
42 Seattle, WA $70,840 $37,580 6,590
43 Rochester, MN $64,590 $43,120 470
44 Joplin, MO $51,690 $33,450 430
45 Beaumont, TX $52,100 $33,380 1,340
46 Great Falls, MT $55,310 $44,250 150
47 Chicago, IL $73,750 $40,910 13,700
48 Lansing, MI $59,060 $36,090 920
49 Farmington, NM $55,400 $31,610 430
50 Fort Wayne, IN $53,540 $31,780 1,250
51 Des Moines, IA $57,160 $37,740 1,540
52 St. Louis, MO $62,780 $40,540 4,790
53 El Centro, CA $68,930 $34,970 840
54 San Rafael, CA $85,090 $60,260 370
55 Morgantown, WV $54,600 $30,480 310
56 Medford, OR $58,650 $35,100 480
57 Wenatchee, WA $56,390 $37,930 210
58 Urban Honolulu, HI $71,900 $40,060 2,590
59 Cheyenne, WY $51,580 $34,050 260
60 Houma, LA $48,480 $34,320 730
61 Wichita, KS $50,840 $35,380 1,550
62 Longview, WA $62,700 $35,620 160
63 Lake Charles, LA $49,030 $33,560 900
64 Eugene, OR $63,910 $46,380 540
65 Sheboygan, WI $54,030 $35,540 380
66 Reno, NV $59,320 $40,520 920
67 Wheeling, WV $51,950 $28,730 470
68 Reading, PA $58,240 $32,580 970
69 Philadelphia, PA $69,290 $40,470 2,970
70 Santa Rosa, CA $72,960 $45,750 680
71 Canton, OH $49,780 $33,100 810
72 Worcester, MA $70,510 $40,090 1,320
73 Idaho Falls, ID $51,180 $29,790 410
74 Salt Lake City, UT $51,390 $34,390 3,290
75 Michigan City, IN $58,050 $35,020 150
76 Billings, MT $59,190 $40,960 290
77 Ann Arbor, MI $71,120 $47,750 620
78 Niles, MI $57,450 $40,190 230
79 Elkhart, IN $51,310 $33,130 600
80 Bremerton, WA $54,240 $33,350 940
81 San Jose, CA $76,100 $39,600 4,090
82 Milwaukee, WI $62,980 $40,230 2,950
83 Bakersfield, CA $71,860 $43,850 1,070
84 Elgin, IL $74,930 $43,000 770
85 Mobile, AL $44,650 $31,680 1,480
86 Racine, WI $66,880 $50,800 230
87 Kansas City, MO $59,390 $32,190 4,040
88 Redding, CA $75,790 $44,610 190
89 Toledo, OH $59,820 $30,470 1,220
90 Salem, OR $60,510 $33,440 790
91 Birmingham, AL $47,690 $32,710 2,370
92 Midland, TX $48,490 $32,930 560
93 Duluth, MN $58,160 $32,490 750
94 Janesville, WI $56,310 $35,230 290
95 Indianapolis, IN $56,260 $30,820 4,460
96 San Diego, CA $67,940 $40,890 5,320
97 Akron, OH $51,140 $32,310 1,420
98 Champaign, IL $62,140 $35,140 420
99 Cleveland, OH $59,330 $33,760 3,480
100 Newark, NJ $73,820 $41,660 3,710

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