Electrician Salaries in Alabama

The job market for electricians is so strong in Alabama that the profession made the Alabama Department of Labor’s list of most in-demand jobs that require an associate’s degree or less. In fact, the Department expects the number of electrician jobs in the state to increase by 16.7% during the ten-year period leading up to 2022.

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Alabama’s construction industry added $9.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2013 according to a study commissioned by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama. Even Geoff Golden, chairman of ABC Alabama when they commissioned the study, found this result to be “shocking” according to AL.com.

At that time, the construction industry provided 116,644 direct jobs with commercial construction alone accounting for 61,858 of these jobs. According to GoBuildAlabama.com, the rate of construction-related job growth in the state was so high between July and August 2014 that the state ranked 5th in the country in terms of the number of construction jobs added during this period.

Alabama News Center published an article in early 2016 on how the construction industry is searching for new blood to replace contractors in skilled trades like electrical work as they near retirement.

High profile commercial projects that are helping to drive the demand for more electricians in Alabama in 2016 include:

  • A new $7 million Holiday Inn Express in Decatur (Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce)
  • A new 40,000- square foot, $14.5 million building for First US Bank on Highway 280 in Birmingham (Alabama News Center)
  • The 1,252-acre site in Huntsville that just received TVA certification and will be developed (Made In Alabama)

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Alabama

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in Alabama’s major cities and rural areas. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville AL
160
47360
Auburn-Opelika AL
200
36810
Birmingham-Hoover AL
2370
47690
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley AL
210
41210
Decatur AL
400
55870
Dothan AL
220
35660
Florence-Muscle Shoals AL
300
51820
Gadsden AL
200
46840
Huntsville AL
680
39480
Mobile AL
1480
44650
Montgomery AL
570
38860
Tuscaloosa AL
850
49510
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
150
33500
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
420
43190
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
160
48480
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
200
44830

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Alabama’s Major Cities

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work throughout Alabama (2015). Those with the most education and experience tend to earn salaries at the upper end of the ranges shown here:

Electrical and Electronic Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Birmingham-Hoover: $61,400 – $71,640
  • Decatur: $77,090 – $87,800
  • Huntsville: $61,200 – $72,390
  • Mobile: $72,810 – $79,740
  • Montgomery: $64,770 – $68,940
  • Tuscaloosa: $59,550 – $65,480

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay:

  • Birmingham-Hoover: $85,470 – $97,260
  • Decatur: $84,080 – $84,090
  • Mobile: $85,700 – $96,790
  • Montgomery: $77,000 – $81,030

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers:

  • Birmingham-Hoover: $79,980 – $91,360
  • Decatur: $81,180 – $93,700
  • Huntsville: $72,440 – $78,820
  • Mobile: $91,240 – $98,650
  • Montgomery: $77,120 – $80,480

Electronic and Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Birmingham-Hoover: $44,170 – $49,820

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers and Repairers:

  • Birmingham-Hoover: $48,740 – $57,500
  • Huntsville: $38,350 – $48,100
  • Mobile: $49,110 – $57.650
  • Montgomery: $47,280 – $52,340
  • Tuscaloosa: $56,110 – $60,210

The statewide average for electricians in these specialized roles is shown in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics / Installers / Repairers
585270
50380
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers Transportation Equipment
14210
59080
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
69290
56670
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
23070
72450
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
12470
33500
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
26890
39670
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
64730
44860
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
115380
65650

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in Alabama

Electrician apprentices in the Mobile and Daphne areas were the highest paid in the state (Salary data for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” is shown here to represent the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship; 2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Auburn-Opelika AL
40
23250
Birmingham-Hoover AL
620
28730
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley AL
80
32010
Dothan AL
80
25300
Florence-Muscle Shoals AL
190
28300
Huntsville AL
70
24040
Mobile AL
230
28170
Montgomery AL
150
24110
Tuscaloosa AL
Estimate not released
22020
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
40
22020
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
90
26560
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
50
24640

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