The Best-Paying U.S. Cities for Electricians

Note: This is the most recent release of our Best-Paying U.S. Cities for Electricians study. To see data from previous years, please visit the Full Results section below.

For anyone seeking a promising career option with plenty of opportunity in the next few decades, becoming an electrician would be a good choice.

Electricians can enter the field without four-year degrees and can instead opt for a less expensive trade school education or an apprenticeship that allows them to earn while they hone their skills. Demand for electricians’ services is already strong, but the field also has bright prospects given recent technology and policy shifts. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the field will grow significantly faster than the overall job growth rate as more of the nation’s energy infrastructure transitions to renewable sources. And like professionals in many other trades, electricians are well-compensated for their work, bringing in a median annual wage of more than $60,240 as of 2022.

Cyclical Changes in Electrician Employment Levels

After declining during COVID, electrician employment has once again surpassed pre-Great Recession highs

After declining during COVID, electrician employment has once again surpassed pre-Great Recession highs
Source: Construction Coverage analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data | Image Credit: Construction Coverage

Despite the growth opportunities moving forward, one downside to a career as an electrician is that employment in the profession is tightly correlated to larger economic trends. When the economy is booming, the demand for electricians rises with increased activity in industry and especially construction. But when the economy struggles, jobs in the field disappear. Recent history shows this trend: the Great Recession set off massive declines in employment for electricians, but from a low point in 2011, the field grew by over 50% to surpass pre-Great Recession levels in 2019. Similarly, electrician employment dipped during the COVID-19 pandemic, but has since shown signs of recovering.

Female Representation Among Electricians

Women are severely underrepresented among electricians, a common trend among trade occupations

Women are severely underrepresented among electricians, a common trend among trade occupations
Source: Construction Coverage analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data | Image Credit: Construction Coverage

The strength of the electrician profession is not consistent across demographics, and the biggest gap in this regard is by gender. Women consistently represent roughly 3% or less of the profession, and the share took a hit during the pandemic. But this pattern is not unusual among building trades: recent BLS data shows that women account for 5% or less of carpenters, plumbers, roofers, and masons.


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Electrician Pay Varies Geographically

Illinois and Hawaii boast the strongest wages for electricians

Illinois and Hawaii boast the strongest wages for electricians
Source: Construction Coverage analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data | Image Credit: Construction Coverage

Location is also a significant factor in the job and earning prospects for electricians. In general, Midwestern states have some of the best wages for electricians after adjusting for cost of living, led by Illinois at an adjusted median annual wage of $87,633. This is partially attributable to cost differences, as many Midwestern states are less expensive to live in than their coastal counterparts, but these differences do not tell the whole story.

Instead, factors like industry mix and union strength may be the key factors that drive electricians’ wages. For instance, the fourth best-paying state for electricians, Alaska, has one of the nation’s highest unionization rates, along with a large oil and gas extraction industry that requires highly skilled electricians to keep equipment running safely and efficiently. Top-paying states in the Midwest similarly have stronger unions and manufacturing-driven economies that rely on skilled industrial electricians. Meanwhile, lower-paying states in the South have much weaker labor unions and economies more likely to be driven by agriculture or other industries where electricians’ services are less critical. Among the 15 worst-paying states for electricians, about half are in the South.

The same factors are at play at the metro level, and accordingly, locations in Florida and Texas are overrepresented among the lowest-paying metropolitan areas for electricians, even when factoring in the states’ lower living costs. On the other hand, locations in Illinois—like Chicago, Peoria, Decatur, and Champaign—stand out as offering some of the best compensation for the nation’s electricians.


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Below is a complete breakdown of cost-of-living-adjusted electrician pay across more than 300 metropolitan areas (grouped by size) and all 50 states. The analysis was conducted by researchers at Construction Coverage using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. For more information, refer to the methodology section.

Highest-Paying Large Metros for Electricians

Top MetrosWage*
1. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI$92,918
2. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA$87,813
3. Urban Honolulu, HI$86,047
4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$83,569
5. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI$75,061
6. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA$74,881
7. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD$72,795
8. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH$72,778
9. St. Louis, MO-IL$71,702
10. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI$68,526
11. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV$68,021
12. Kansas City, MO-KS$67,519
13. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA$67,246
14. Rochester, NY$66,520
15. Pittsburgh, PA$66,272
Bottom MetrosWage*
1. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL$48,510
2. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX$48,848
3. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL$49,350
4. Jacksonville, FL$49,498
5. Tucson, AZ$51,011
6. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC$51,263
7. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX$52,326
8. Richmond, VA$54,208
9. Birmingham-Hoover, AL$55,121
10. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO$55,150
11. Memphis, TN-MS-AR$55,430
12. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV$56,737
13. Tulsa, OK$56,749
14. Oklahoma City, OK$56,965
15. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA$57,339

*Median annual wage for electricians (adjusted)

Highest-Paying Midsize Metros for Electricians

Top MetrosWage*
1. Peoria, IL$87,798
2. Salem, OR$80,775
3. Springfield, MA-CT$80,336
4. Madison, WI$78,210
5. Worcester, MA-CT$77,708
6. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC$77,435
7. Ann Arbor, MI$77,261
8. Toledo, OH$75,698
9. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA$75,626
10. Anchorage, AK$75,556
11. Reading, PA$73,322
12. Flint, MI$71,680
13. Syracuse, NY$69,435
14. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL$69,349
15. Canton-Massillon, OH$69,211
Bottom MetrosWage*
1. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL$45,452
2. Tallahassee, FL$47,319
3. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL$48,006
4. Ocala, FL$48,183
5. Port St. Lucie, FL$48,570
6. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL$48,597
7. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL$48,667
8. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC$48,720
9. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL$48,945
10. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL$49,364
11. El Paso, TX$49,821
12. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX$49,899
13. Charleston-North Charleston, SC$50,229
14. Asheville, NC$50,277
15. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA$50,688

*Median annual wage for electricians (adjusted)


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Highest-Paying Small Metros for Electricians

Top MetrosWage*
1. Kennewick-Richland, WA$95,974
2. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA$92,363
3. Decatur, IL$92,232
4. Carbondale-Marion, IL$91,154
5. Champaign-Urbana, IL$88,389
6. Glens Falls, NY$87,772
7. Springfield, IL$87,344
8. Kankakee, IL$85,288
9. Rockford, IL$84,404
10. Racine, WI$83,366
11. Battle Creek, MI$83,230
12. Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN$83,177
13. Duluth, MN-WI$82,144
14. Binghamton, NY$82,056
15. Janesville-Beloit, WI$81,855
Bottom MetrosWage*
1. Hot Springs, AR$45,242
2. Gadsden, AL$46,428
3. Laredo, TX$46,665
4. The Villages, FL$47,726
5. Wilmington, NC$48,243
6. Panama City, FL$48,636
7. Punta Gorda, FL$48,856
8. Gainesville, FL$48,972
9. Homosassa Springs, FL$49,028
10. Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL$49,159
11. Twin Falls, ID$49,421
12. Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL$49,573
13. Valdosta, GA$49,693
14. Lubbock, TX$49,847
15. Brunswick, GA$50,199

*Median annual wage for electricians (adjusted)

Highest-Paying States for Electricians

Top StatesWage*
1. Illinois$87,633
2. Hawaii$86,834
3. Oregon$81,353
4. Alaska$77,078
5. Wisconsin$75,364
6. Massachusetts$74,844
7. Washington$74,069
8. Minnesota$73,215
9. North Dakota$70,075
10. New York$68,847
11. Montana$68,376
12. West Virginia$68,299
13. Indiana$68,033
14. Wyoming$67,831
15. Iowa$67,535
Bottom StatesWage*
1. Florida$47,944
2. Arizona$50,516
3. Vermont$51,155
4. Arkansas$52,099
5. South Carolina$52,138
6. North Carolina$52,257
7. Georgia$53,370
8. Idaho$53,641
9. Nebraska$54,375
10. Alabama$54,652
11. Texas$55,603
12. Louisiana$56,970
13. South Dakota$57,051
14. Colorado$57,267
15. Utah$57,817

*Median annual wage for electricians (adjusted)


To determine the best-paying metros for electricians, researchers at Construction Coverage analyzed the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s 2022 Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’ 2021 Regional Price Parities. The researchers ranked metropolitan areas according to the cost-of-living adjusted median annual wage for electricians. In the event of a tie, the location with the larger unadjusted median annual wage for electricians was ranked higher.

Only metropolitan areas with available data and with at least 100,000 people were included in the analysis. The cost of living for New England City and Town Areas (NECTAs) was calculated using data for equivalent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), where applicable. Additionally, metro areas were grouped into the following cohorts based on population size: 

  • Small metros: 100,000-349,999
  • Midsize metros: 350,000-999,999
  • Large metros: 1,000,000 or more


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2023, September 6). Occupational Outlook Handbook [Data set].
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2023, January 25). Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey [Data set].
  3. Construction Coverage. (2023, September 7). The Most Unionized Cities in America.
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2022). Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics [Data set].
  5. U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. (2021). Regional Price Parities by State and Metro Area [Data set].

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