Electrician Salaries in California

Five California cities made the top ten list for the metro areas with the highest average electrician salaries in the nation (2015, US Bureau of Labor Statistics):

  • 1st – San Francisco area
  • 2nd – San Rafael
  • 3rd – Oakland area
  • 7th – San Jose area
  • 8th – Redding
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New construction ramped up dramatically in California in the wake of the economic recovery, leaving construction contracting companies struggling to find younger more technologically savvy workers. Demand for skilled electricians has never been higher.

The job growth rate for electricians in California far exceeds the national average for the ten-year period ending in 2022, with the state’s Employment Development Department expecting 10,800 new jobs to be added in the electrical trade during this time frame.

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout California

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the salary ranges for electricians in California’s urban and rural areas. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn wages at the highest end of these ranges (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
6350
53340
Bakersfield CA
1070
71860
Chico CA
140
67090
El Centro CA
840
68930
Fresno CA
990
54170
Hanford-Corcoran CA
130
58710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA
17990
58990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
11640
62080
Madera CA
120
61890
Merced CA
160
55340
Modesto CA
600
59390
Napa CA
180
66890
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley CA Metropolitan Division
4580
78970
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
920
51680
Redding CA
190
75790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
5290
58490
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade CA
3020
69270
Salinas CA
400
62950
San Diego-Carlsbad CA
5320
67940
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA
9250
85790
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco CA Metropolitan Division
4290
93120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
4090
76100
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande CA
670
70550
San Rafael CA Metropolitan Division
370
85090
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
130
59080
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara CA
510
66850
Santa Rosa CA
680
72960
Stockton-Lodi CA
670
67990
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
480
68240
Visalia-Porterville CA
330
52310
Yuba City CA
Estimate not released
49840
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
140
59070
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
40
58300
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
220
70290
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
90
47550
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
300
67210

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in California’s Major Cities

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

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine: $50,550 – $79,680
  • Bakersfield: $65,380 – $77,550
  • Chico: $63,600 – $81,590
  • Fresno: $48,680 – $62,670
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim: $53,210 – $87,740
  • Modesto: $49,980 – $64,400
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley: $75,580 – $99,680
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura: $46.950 – $78,110
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario: $60,630 – $79,940
  • Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade: $71,580 – $102,300
  • Salinas: $43,560 – $61,180
  • San Diego-Carlsbad: $60,110 – $87,140
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward: $72,550 – $98,050
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara: $53,140 – $84,430
  • Santa Maria-Santa Barbara: $60,320 – $93,870
  • Santa Rosa: 62,490 – $82,720
  • Stockton-Lodi: $51,800 – $71,820
  • Vallejo-Fairfield: $55,300 – $78,120

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

  • Bakersfield: $93,730 – $103,060
  • Fresno: $37,720 – $98,750
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim: $83,260 – $101,120
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley: $88,290 – $98,600
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura: $89,510 – $110,180
  • Riverside- San Bernardino-Ontario: $77,190 – $120,190
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward: $87,420 – $98,510
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara: $74,520 – $97,430

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:

  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim: $72,380 – $96,290
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley: $78,310 – $97,870
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario: $53,510 – $64,850
  • Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade: $73,060 – $97,850
  • San Diego-Carlsbad: $58,120 – $76,150
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward: $78,300 – $98,000
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara: $82,450 – $99,520

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers:

  • Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine: $107,070 – $125,360
  • Bakersfield: $107,130 – $123,900
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim: $104,140 – $123,160
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley: $105,310 – $123,350
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario: $88,680 – $121,330
  • Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade: $107,050 – $128,420
  • San Diego-Carlsbad: $107,640 – $126,030
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward: $102,670 – $122,900
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara: $105,030 – $121,400
  • Vallejo-Fairfield: $103,440 – $123,260

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim: $40,750 – $52,930
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley: $32,810 – $49,750
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura: $31,600 – $46,470
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario: $45,460 – $59,360
  • Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade: $37,500 – $55,410
  • San Diego-Carlsbad: $38,930 – $53,470
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward: $36,030 – $59,130
  • Santa Rosa: $34,920 – $69,540
  • Stockton-Lodi: $43,580 – $49,440

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine: $27,020 – $38,860
  • Bakersfield: $20,510 – $36,430
  • Fresno: $23,780 – $32,810
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim: $30,430 – $49,450
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley: $23,660 -$53,400
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario: $33,500 – $49,140
  • Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade: $31,390 – $48,200
  • San Diego-Carlsbad: $34,110 – $46,900
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward: $24,240 – $51,850
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara: $23,920 – $30,080

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers and Repairers:

  • Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine: $46.600 – $74,000
  • Bakersfield: $46,860 – $81,350
  • Fresno: $42,270 – $60,200
  • Los Angeles-Long Breach-Anaheim: $46,880 – $71,610
  • Modesto: $38,790 – $65,170
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley: $56,300 – $72,860
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura: $54,160 – $73,350
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario: $50,860 – $69,480
  • Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade: $44,200 – $62,910
  • San Diego-Carlsbad: $45,680 – $71,470
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward: $51,680 – $71,500
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara: $56,220 – $88,860
  • Santa Rosa: $48,960 – $64,350
  • Stockton-Lodi: $39,590 – $82,950

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers / Transportation Equipment
2120
69430
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
6220
59770
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
1830
83240
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
2150
31070
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
2310
39930
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
7340
48680
Motorcycle Mechanics
1270
44570
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
6760
96070

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in California’s Major Cities

Santa Rosa offered the 6th highest average salary in the country for electrician apprentices of any city in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, the state of California had the 4th highest number of jobs for electrician apprentices in the US.

Salary data for the BLS’ 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
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
660
33120
Bakersfield CA
Estimate not released
31440
Fresno CA
80
30140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA
1810
36880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
1150
39040
Modesto CA
Estimate not released
29680
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley CA Metropolitan Division
270
37330
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
70
26520
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
520
31420
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade CA
Estimate not released
34250
San Diego-Carlsbad CA
380
39530
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA
550
35610
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco CA Metropolitan Division
Estimate not released
33870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
370
38980
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara CA
110
36580
Santa Rosa CA
Estimate not released
39840
Stockton-Lodi CA
40
31510
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
Estimate not released
33210
Visalia-Porterville CA
40
32170

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