If you’re an electrician looking for the highest possible pay in the nation, California is certainly a desirable destination (with three cities holding down spots in the top 10). But Illinois and Alaska are also giving the Golden State a run for its money. Unlike electrical engineers, where six of the top 10 highest paying cities for this occupation are located in California, the distribution of wealth for electricians is a little more spread out.
Based on the latest research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Employment and Wages Study from May 2013), the national average salary estimate for an electrician is $53,560 and hourly wage is $25.75. Some metropolitan areas, however, pay significantly more for this occupation.
Let’s take a look at the 10 highest paying cities for electricians in descending order.