Updated August 22, 2022

Average Apprentice Salary

$37,107yearly

To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$17.84 hourly

Entry level Salary
$26,000 yearly
$26,000
10 %
$37,107
Median
$51,000
90 %

How much does an Apprentice make?

Apprentices make $37,107 per year on average, or $17.84 per hour, in the United States. Apprentices on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $26,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $51,000.

Location impacts how much an apprentice can expect to make. Apprentices make the most in Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

Highest Paying States For Apprentices

The darker areas on the map show where apprentices earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Apprentice average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Alaska$51,422$24.7283
2North Dakota$50,438$24.2556
3Vermont$47,632$22.9059
4Montana$45,799$22.02107
5Wyoming$43,852$21.0853
6Hawaii$51,099$24.5767
7Iowa$42,584$20.47191
8Connecticut$44,489$21.39172
9Nebraska$41,653$20.03141
10Oregon$43,255$20.80235
11Minnesota$47,003$22.60213
12Massachusetts$48,011$23.08307
13Indiana$41,021$19.72344
14Missouri$43,257$20.80238
15West Virginia$37,712$18.1388
16Nevada$39,674$19.07104
17Rhode Island$39,858$19.1663
18Washington$42,657$20.51345
19New Jersey$43,416$20.87302
20Michigan$38,934$18.72368
21Tennessee$36,475$17.54339
22Wisconsin$39,877$19.17229
23Utah$36,282$17.44208
24Maine$34,923$16.79113
25District of Columbia$43,611$20.9750
26Illinois$40,900$19.66427
27Kansas$36,610$17.60161
28Ohio$36,692$17.64502
29California$42,672$20.52862
30New York$41,265$19.84459
31New Mexico$36,469$17.53106
32Pennsylvania$37,670$18.11476
33Colorado$38,259$18.39304
34New Hampshire$38,273$18.4079
35Idaho$34,493$16.58146
36Kentucky$36,327$17.46171
37Georgia$37,269$17.92459
38Delaware$37,290$17.9360
39South Dakota$32,750$15.7575
40Texas$36,433$17.52894
41Louisiana$31,470$15.13229
42Maryland$36,295$17.45307
43Oklahoma$32,274$15.52165
44Virginia$32,825$15.78547
45Mississippi$30,826$14.82133
46North Carolina$31,714$15.25520
47South Carolina$31,184$14.99254
48Alabama$31,331$15.06217
49Florida$30,524$14.68809
50Arizona$31,661$15.22236
51Arkansas$28,625$13.76121

Highest Paying Cities For Apprentices

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Worcester, MA$48,191$23.17
2Minneapolis, MN$46,981$22.59
3Fairfield, CA$43,829$21.07
4Washington, DC$43,622$20.97
5Portland, OR$43,570$20.95
6Newark, NJ$43,454$20.89
7Kansas City, MO$43,447$20.89
8Kirkland, WA$42,812$20.58
9Des Moines, IA$42,417$20.39
10South Bend, IN$41,918$20.15
11Rochester, NY$41,771$20.08
12Elgin, IL$41,111$19.76
13Las Vegas, NV$39,417$18.95
14Detroit, MI$38,876$18.69
15Fort Collins, CO$38,874$18.69

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Worcester, MA
  2. Minneapolis, MN
  3. Fairfield, CA
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Portland, OR

Apprentice Salary Details

Average Apprentice Salary Graph
Average Apprentice Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is an Apprentice's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$51,000$4,250$25
75th Percentile$43,000$3,583$21
Average$37,107$3,092$18
25th Percentile$31,000$2,583$15
10th Percentile$26,000$2,167$13

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Lead Electrician$56,709$4,726$27.2618,158
Helper$31,331$2,611$15.0629,873
Low Voltage Technician$39,605$3,300$19.0440,465
Electrician Technician$57,813$4,818$27.79112,907
Commercial And Industrial Electrician$46,340$3,862$22.2848,589
Electrician$48,850$4,071$23.4917,245

Which Companies Pay Apprentices The Most?

The highest paying companies for apprentices are Mid-South Management and BNSF Railway according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Mollie Stone's Markets and GATX report highly competitive wages for apprentices.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Mid-South Management$63,212$30.39
2BNSF Railway$57,823$27.8014
3Mollie Stone's Markets$55,369$26.624
4GATX$54,587$26.242
5National Grid plc$54,432$26.171
6Emory University$51,415$24.722
7Vallarta Supermarkets$50,828$24.4410
8Anheuser-Busch$48,935$23.536
9The Magazi Inc$48,760$23.442
10Farmers Insurance$48,035$23.098
11The Dynamic Group$47,263$22.722
12SF-Marin Food Bank$47,096$22.64
13XPO Logistics$46,964$22.585
14Market of Choice$46,774$22.492
15Salesforce$46,244$22.23
16ARA$45,565$21.91
17BASF$45,318$21.791
18Gustave A. Larson$45,270$21.761
19UGI$45,056$21.663
20Medical University of South Carolina$44,940$21.61

How Much Do Apprentices Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much an apprentice salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The transportation industry pays apprentices an average salary of $44,876

  2. The professional industry pay $38,480

  3. The lowest paying industry for apprentices is the hospitality industry. Apprentices in this industry earn an average salary of $31,377

Highest Paying Industries For Apprentices

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Transportation$44,876$21.57
2Professional$38,480$18.50
3Energy$38,061$18.30
4Technology$37,635$18.09
5Construction$36,968$17.77
6Manufacturing$36,136$17.37
7Hospitality$31,377$15.09

High Paying Apprentice Jobs

Apprentice Salary Trends

The salary for an apprentice can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Apprentice Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$23,700$11.38
Mid Level$30,800$14.82
Senior Level$43,800$21.06

Average Apprentice Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Apprentice Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$37,100$17.84+1.3%
    2021$36,600$17.61+1.8%
    2020$36,000$17.30+2.0%
    2019$35,300$16.97+2.6%
    2018$34,400$16.53+1.6%

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    BNSF RailwaysSignal ApprenticeBirmingham, AL07/23/2022$61,358
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    Apprentice Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Apprentices the most?

    Alaska pays Apprentices the most in the United States, with an average salary of $51,422 per year, or $24.72 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Apprentice?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Apprentice if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Hawaii you should be paid close to $51,099 per year.

    What type of Apprentice gets paid the most?

    Industrial Electrician gets paid the most. Industrial Electrician made a median salary of $62,533. The best-paid 10 percent make $72,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $54,000.

    What is a good starting salary for an Apprentice?

    A good starting salary for an apprentice is $27,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an apprentice in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for apprentices is $36,283, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an apprentice can vary by state.

    How much does the average apprentice get paid?

    The average apprentice gets paid around $20 an hour. However, this can vary depending on the trade, with electricians, boilermakers, and ironworkers typically seeing higher than average apprenticeship salaries.

    How much should an 18-year-old apprentice earn?

    An 18-year-old apprentice should earn around $20 an hour. However, this can vary depending on the trade, with electricians, boilermakers, and ironworkers typically seeing higher than average apprenticeship salaries.

    What is the highest-paid skilled trade?

    The highest-paid skilled trade is Construction Manager. A construction manager has an average salary of $95,260 a year. Moreover, the top construction manager earners make around $164,790 a year.

    What is the highest-paid trade?

    The highest-paid trade is Air Traffic Controllers. The median salary for an air traffic controller is $124,540 a year. Many people are surprised to learn you don't need a bachelor's degree to work in air traffic control. Air traffic controllers often only need a 2-year vocational degree, associate's degree or commensurate military experience.

    What is the highest-paid union trade?

    The highest-paid union trade is a nuclear power reactor operator. A nuclear power reactor operator has a median salary of $91,730 a year. These workers control and operate nuclear reactors. They adjust control rods to regulate flux levels, coolant temperatures and power flow rate, and they operate energy distribution equipment.

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