Electricians are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as electricians in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since electricians are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where electricians have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for electricians.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s electricians:
So there you have it — Electricians is the best of the best when it comes to being an electrician.
How did Electricians end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for electricians and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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 states 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 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for electricians in California is $68,130 and the average salary in Illinois is $73,160, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for electricians in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for electricians.
Total Jobs: 2,480
Average Annual Salary: $58,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,340
Average Experienced Salary: $81,270
Location Quotient: 2.08
Total Jobs: 3,920
Average Annual Salary: $61,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,640
Average Experienced Salary: $93,880
Location Quotient: 2.13
Total Jobs: 1,830
Average Annual Salary: $81,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,900
Average Experienced Salary: $115,160
Location Quotient: 1.31
Total Jobs: 14,560
Average Annual Salary: $57,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,510
Average Experienced Salary: $81,060
Location Quotient: 1.13
Total Jobs: 6,370
Average Annual Salary: $62,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,130
Average Experienced Salary: $88,880
Location Quotient: 1.16
Total Jobs: 15,160
Average Annual Salary: $65,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,440
Average Experienced Salary: $99,030
Location Quotient: 1.14
Total Jobs: 20,330
Average Annual Salary: $73,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,770
Average Experienced Salary: $101,850
Location Quotient: 0.8
Total Jobs: 20,370
Average Annual Salary: $56,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,410
Average Experienced Salary: $80,130
Location Quotient: 1.12
Total Jobs: 2,090
Average Annual Salary: $61,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,000
Average Experienced Salary: $84,530
Location Quotient: 1.06
Total Jobs: 5,680
Average Annual Salary: $55,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,180
Average Experienced Salary: $81,780
Location Quotient: 0.96
If you’re looking to start out your career as an electrician these are the states 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 states to be an electrician in America: