These Are The 10 Best States For Electricians

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Dakota
  3. Alaska
  4. Indiana
  5. Nevada
  6. Washington
  7. Illinois
  8. Michigan
  9. Montana
  10. Kansas

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:

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How we determined the best states to be an electrician

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
  • Higher Pay

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:

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

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.

1. Wyoming

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,480
Average Annual Salary: $58,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,340
Average Experienced Salary: $81,270
Location Quotient: 2.08

2. North Dakota

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,920
Average Annual Salary: $61,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,640
Average Experienced Salary: $93,880
Location Quotient: 2.13

3. Alaska

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,830
Average Annual Salary: $81,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,900
Average Experienced Salary: $115,160
Location Quotient: 1.31

4. Indiana

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 14,560
Average Annual Salary: $57,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,510
Average Experienced Salary: $81,060
Location Quotient: 1.13

5. Nevada

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,370
Average Annual Salary: $62,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,130
Average Experienced Salary: $88,880
Location Quotient: 1.16

6. Washington

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 15,160
Average Annual Salary: $65,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,440
Average Experienced Salary: $99,030
Location Quotient: 1.14

7. Illinois

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 20,330
Average Annual Salary: $73,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,770
Average Experienced Salary: $101,850
Location Quotient: 0.8

8. Michigan

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 20,370
Average Annual Salary: $56,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,410
Average Experienced Salary: $80,130
Location Quotient: 1.12

9. Montana

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,090
Average Annual Salary: $61,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,000
Average Experienced Salary: $84,530
Location Quotient: 1.06

10. Kansas

Best States For Electricians

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,680
Average Annual Salary: $55,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,180
Average Experienced Salary: $81,780
Location Quotient: 0.96

There You Have It – The Best States To Be An Electrician

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:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Vermont
  3. South Carolina

Detailed List Of The Best States For electricians

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Wyoming $58,740 $36,340 2,480
2 North Dakota $61,010 $35,640 3,920
3 Alaska $81,600 $54,900 1,830
4 Indiana $57,680 $33,510 14,560
5 Nevada $62,240 $40,130 6,370
6 Washington $65,260 $34,440 15,160
7 Illinois $73,160 $37,770 20,330
8 Michigan $56,600 $30,410 20,370
9 Montana $61,580 $39,000 2,090
10 Kansas $55,160 $33,180 5,680
11 Missouri $59,550 $33,750 10,400
12 Utah $51,900 $33,860 8,510
13 Minnesota $64,360 $35,970 10,590
14 Mississippi $48,250 $31,890 5,860
15 Iowa $51,960 $29,130 8,000
16 Louisiana $50,810 $33,540 10,950
17 Pennsylvania $60,160 $34,690 21,850
18 Kentucky $51,360 $31,440 8,130
19 West Virginia $51,690 $29,180 3,590
20 Oregon $67,100 $38,750 7,480
21 Wisconsin $57,910 $35,080 10,430
22 New Jersey $71,310 $36,330 15,140
23 Nebraska $47,530 $28,600 4,980
24 Delaware $56,300 $34,900 1,800
25 New York $73,010 $34,480 40,300
26 Ohio $51,710 $29,680 22,650
27 Idaho $47,770 $28,060 3,660
28 Texas $46,410 $28,600 57,540
29 New Mexico $50,250 $28,910 3,720
30 Alabama $46,360 $29,970 9,050
31 Colorado $50,580 $29,830 16,170
32 Oklahoma $48,560 $27,630 6,280
33 Tennessee $46,620 $30,760 10,800
34 Arizona $49,460 $30,690 10,800
35 Georgia $46,490 $30,800 16,820
36 Virginia $49,380 $31,310 16,680
37 Massachusetts $66,130 $36,000 15,320
38 Arkansas $42,540 $23,860 5,620
39 South Dakota $46,410 $31,350 2,050
40 Hawaii $74,770 $45,290 3,890
41 California $68,130 $35,560 60,620
42 Florida $44,310 $27,590 35,080
43 Maryland $53,830 $31,260 12,850
44 North Carolina $42,960 $30,570 14,080
45 Rhode Island $53,130 $32,970 2,040
46 Connecticut $57,470 $31,130 6,800
47 Maine $48,850 $35,350 1,950
48 South Carolina $43,560 $27,700 7,520
49 Vermont $48,510 $33,110 1,140
50 New Hampshire $52,010 $31,400 2,070