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Electrician Demographics in the US

The average employee age for electricians is 42 years. The electrician workforce reached a whopping 465,873 in 2020!

Among electricians, we discovered that 5.3% of them are women, while 86.4% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among electricians is White, which makes up 66.5% of all electricians. Comparatively, there are 22.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Electrician Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 465,873 electricians currently employed in the United States.
  • 5.3% of all electricians are women, while only 86.4% are men.
  • The average age of an employed electrician is 42 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of electricians is White (66.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (22.0%) and Black or African American (7.0%).
  • The majority of electricians are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.
  • Electricians are most in-demand in Orlando, FL.
  • Electricians are paid an average annual salary of $49,755.
  • Puyallup, WA pays an annual average wage of $74,687, the highest in the US.
  • Electricians average starting salary is $36,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid electricians earn as much as $67,000 or more.
  • Alaska is the best state for electricians to live.
  • Electricians are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Electrician Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among electricians is White, which makes up 66.5% of all electricians. Comparatively, there are 22.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 66.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 22.0%
  • Black or African American, 7.0%
  • Asian, 1.9%
  • Unknown, 1.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Electricians

The chart below shows that 61.4% of electricians speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 7.5% and German is the third-most popular at 4.4%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 61.4%
  • French, 7.5%
  • German, 4.4%
  • Carrier, 3.9%
  • Russian, 3.0%
  • Other, 19.8%

Types of Electrician Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for electricians. The most common degree for electricians is high school diploma. In fact, 22% of electricians earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 21% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 12%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma degree, 22%
  • Associate degree, 21%
  • Bachelors degree, 12%
  • Diploma degree, 8%
  • Other Degrees, 37%

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Electrician Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among electricians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Electrician Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the electrician position over time.


Electrician Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of electricians changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of an Electrician Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of electricians based on ethnicity and gender.


The Average Number of Years That Electrician Stay in a Job

By looking over 83,922 electricians resumes, we figured out that the average electrician enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Electrician Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of electrician employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of electricians is 40+ years old, which represents 56% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Electrician Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, water softener installer and insulation worker have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Composition Floor Setter34%66%
Gas Fitter97%3%
Insulation Worker97%2%
Water Softener Installer97%3%
Water Softener Installer
Insulation Worker
Gas Fitter
Composition Floor Setter

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Electricians with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to electricians.

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Job Titleascdesc
Metal Technician2.85%
Hot Tar Roofer3.93%
Operating Engineer Apprentice5.55%
Concrete Fence Builder6.19%
Marble Installer6.99%
Furniture Painter9.34%

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Electrician Gender Pay Gap

Male Income
Female Income

Electrician Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Electrician Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
High School Diploma or Less$54,374
Bachelor's Degree$57,539
Some College/ Associate Degree$60,361

Electrician Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree

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    Electrician Heatmaps

    The amount you can make as an electrician can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of electricians is $55,916. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

    Where Do Electricians Earn The Most?

    The map here shows where electricians earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

    Average Salary

    Where Are Electricians Located?

    By looking through more than 83,922 resumes, we found that the most popular places for electricians are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

    Number of Electricians

    Where Are Electricians In High Demand?

    We looked over job openings to determine where in the country electricians are in the most demand.

    Jobs Openings

    Electrician Employment Statistics

    This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ electricians. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most electricians is the construction industry.

    Company Size

    We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire electricians.

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    < 50 employees

    50 - 100 employees

    100 - 500 employees

    500 - 1,000 employees

    1,000 - 10,000 employees

    > 10,000

    The Types Of Companies Electrician Work In

    Employees with the electrician job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most electricians prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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    Top Industries Hiring Electricians

    Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ electricians. Those industries include construction, manufacturing and utilities.

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