These Are The 10 Highest Electrician Salaries By State

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay electricians the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 3 months ago




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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do electricians get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for electricians by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for electricians by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for electricians after this adjustment? That would be Electricians.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

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

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for electricians from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $68130, so our index value would be:

$68,130 * (100 / 135.9) = $50,132

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for electricians.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Electrician Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $77,336 $73,160 94.6
2 Missouri $65,873 $59,550 90.4
3 Indiana $64,446 $57,680 89.5
4 Wyoming $63,986 $58,740 91.8
5 Minnesota $63,849 $64,360 100.8
6 Michigan $63,595 $56,600 89.0
7 Alaska $62,242 $81,600 131.1
8 Washington $62,034 $65,260 105.2
9 North Dakota $61,378 $61,010 99.4
10 Kansas $61,357 $55,160 89.9
11 Montana $61,091 $61,580 100.8
12 Nevada $60,251 $62,240 103.3
13 Wisconsin $59,824 $57,910 96.8
14 Pennsylvania $59,329 $60,160 101.4
15 New Jersey $58,498 $71,310 121.9
16 Oregon $58,044 $67,100 115.6
17 Iowa $57,098 $51,960 91.0
18 Kentucky $56,751 $51,360 90.5
19 Mississippi $56,169 $48,250 85.9
20 Utah $55,806 $51,900 93.0
21 New York $55,732 $73,010 131.0
22 Delaware $55,522 $56,300 101.4
23 West Virginia $55,342 $51,690 93.4
24 Ohio $55,127 $51,710 93.8
25 Oklahoma $54,439 $48,560 89.2
26 Louisiana $53,597 $50,810 94.8
27 Tennessee $52,147 $46,620 89.4
28 New Mexico $52,072 $50,250 96.5
29 Nebraska $51,888 $47,530 91.6
30 Idaho $51,867 $47,770 92.1
31 Texas $51,168 $46,410 90.7
32 Georgia $50,864 $46,490 91.4
33 Alabama $50,833 $46,360 91.2
34 Arizona $50,469 $49,460 98.0
35 California $50,132 $68,130 135.9
36 Massachusetts $49,572 $66,130 133.4
37 Virginia $48,988 $49,380 100.8
38 Arkansas $48,840 $42,540 87.1
39 Colorado $48,728 $50,580 103.8
40 North Carolina $45,750 $42,960 93.9
41 Florida $45,076 $44,310 98.3
42 Connecticut $45,003 $57,470 127.7
43 South Dakota $44,754 $46,410 103.7
44 Hawaii $44,532 $74,770 167.9
45 New Hampshire $44,452 $52,010 117.0
46 Maine $44,088 $48,850 110.8
47 Rhode Island $44,018 $53,130 120.7
48 South Carolina $43,911 $43,560 99.2
49 Maryland $42,892 $53,830 125.5
50 Vermont $40,057 $48,510 121.1

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