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What Is an Apprentice Electrician's Salary?

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In order to become an electrician, students complete apprenticeships, which involve a combination of 144 hours of classroom instruction per year with hands-on job training, explains the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While getting experience, apprentice electricians also receive a salary.

Average Salary

As of December 2009, the average annual salary for an apprentice electrician was $18 per hour, according to Based on a 40 hour work week, that translates to an annual salary of roughly $37,440.

Work Experience

Apprentice electricians with one to four years of experience in the field average hourly wages of $10 or an annual wage of $20,800, according to December 2009 reporting on Those with five to nine years of experience average $19.18 or $39,894.


Generally, apprentices receive 30 to 50 percent of the wages earned by experienced electricians, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those with experience, such as vocational technical training or work history as an electrician's assistant, often earn higher salaries.


Electricians who complete their apprenticeships through labor unions like the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers may receive higher wages than other apprentices as well as other benefits like health insurance. In exchange for the union bargaining on behalf of the apprentice's employers, the apprentice pays monthly membership dues to the union.


After completing an apprenticeship, electricians earned average salaries of $49,890 in May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest paid 10 percent of electricians earned as much as $79,420.

2019 Salary Information for Electricians

Electricians earned a median annual salary of $56,180 in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, electricians earned a 10th percentile salary of $33,410, meaning 90 percent earned more than this amount. The 90th percentile salary is $96,580, meaning 10 percent earn more. In 2019, 739,200 people were employed in the U.S. as electricians.