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Last updated on June 2nd, 2020 at 08:28 pm.
Electrician apprentice wages vary from state to state and are based on a percentage of a Journeyman electrician’s hourly pay. The average lowest wage you can expect to earn as a first year apprentice is around $9.95 an hour – the highest is over $19.00.
As of May 2015, the average apprentice electrician salary in 2014 is $34,841.
Starting hourly wages are calculated at 40% of a journeyman electrician’s rate – which is typical regardless of location.
Different Types of Electrician Apprentice Wages
Apprentices attending a union apprenticeship have a set pay scale. It determines the hourly wage for apprentices based on the number of on-the-job hours worked, time in school, and satisfactory school progress.
The apprenticeship pay scale is the minimum a union electrical contractor can pay you. There’s always the off chance that you could ask for a raise and get it.
If you’re a 2nd year apprentice and you’re smarter and working harder than a 4th year apprentice, what’s the harm in asking for a bump?
Apprentices working for non-union electrical contractors are typically paid lower than union apprentices. Depending on how big the union is your area is, this may not always be the case. A smaller union presence means wages could be around the same.
After working for a few months you should ask for a raise. Here’s how you justify it:
Highlight your value and performance. Make sure you’re learning as much as you can because of knowledge, hard work, and craftsmanship help to increases your value.
If you ask for a raise and you get turned down, keep a positive attitude. Continue to do your best and if you feel as if you’re underpaid for your efforts then you should talk to your supervisor again. Shopping around for another job is always an option.
How Much Money Does A Journeyman Electrician Earn?
The average salary for a journeymen electrician in 2013 was $50,510 which is about $25.50 an hour. Location and union/non-union are the two major factors when trying to figure out how much an electrician makes in your area.
Wages are typically higher in the northern states and lower in the southern states. More in the cities, less in rural areas.
IBEW Journeyman Electrician Pay Scale By Local Union for 2016
The table below will show you the hourly pay rate in 2016 for an IBEW Inside Wireman.
If you’re looking for another classification of an electrician and their pay rate, then visit the IBEW Jobs Board. They have a user-friendly interface that will help you in your search.
|IBEW Local Union||Area||State||Journeyman Hourly |
|175||Chattanooga||TN, GA, AL||29.81|
|177||Jacksonville||FL, GA (Southeast)||26.49|
|379||Charlotte||NC, SC, GA||24.23|
|639||San Luis Obispo||CA||40.30|
|704||Dubuque||IA, IL, WI||29.93|
|714||Minot||ND||32.39 to 39.21|
|725||Terre Haite||IN, IL||35.38|
Top Five Paying States For Electricians in 2014 (Average):
Alaska – $78,800 year / $37.88 per hour
Illinois – $69,940 year / $33.62 per hour
New York – $69,820 year / $33.57 per hour
Oregon – $68,690 year / $33.02 per hour
New Jersey – $67,570 year / $32.49 per hour
Bottom Five Paying States For Electricians in 2014 (Average):
North Carolina – $40,550 year / $19.50 per hour
South Carolina – $41,820 year / $20.11 per hour
Florida – $41,970 year / $20.18 per hour
Arkansas – $43,150 / $20.74 per hour
Nebraska – $43,790 / $21.05 per hour
Top Five Paying Metropolitan Areas in 2014 For Electricians:
San Fransisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA – $86,670 year
Anchorage, AK – $78,350 year
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA – $76,300 year
Rockford, IL – $76,080 year
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ – $75,530 year
Average Electrician Apprentice Salary & Wages
|STATE||Apprentice Hourly Wage||Apprentice Salary||Journeyman Hourly Wage||Journeyman Salary|
|District of Columbia||12.41||24,832||31.04||62,080|
Overtime (hourly wage X 1.5) and double time (hourly wage X 2), which is typical in the electrical trade, can account for extra earnings each year.
As you progress as an apprentice your knowledge and skills increase, which effectively increases your “value”. Your wages can increase every 6 to 12 months (1000 to 2000 hours of work) throughout your apprenticeship.
IBEW apprenticeships use a rating chart that specifies apprentice wages by hours, year of training, or both. In most cases, apprentices are also required to maintain a non-failing grade (typically 75% average) to be eligible for wage increases.
IEC apprenticeships use a similar approach for apprentice wages. Starting scale for apprentices can fall in between 40-50% of Journeyman wages in that local chapter.
Hourly rates can increase in increments of 5-10% per 1000 hours of work completed and if academic averages are maintained above 75%.
Here are wage charts from two apprenticeships that show the breakdown of apprentice wages by 45% and work hours completed.
Remember, not all apprenticeships operate the same, and specifics regarding wages and pay increases may differ.
Rates will be different everywhere; city to city, and state to state. Some people take off more time than others and others don’t have enough work locally and either travel or apply for unemployment.
Anyone of these can affect how much you’ll earn each year.