Electrician Salaries in Colorado

The number of jobs for electricians in Colorado will increase dramatically in the midst of a shortage of skilled workers that is stifling the state’s construction boom. The Denver Post reported in 2015 how contractors say that workers are scarce. This shortage threatens the increase in construction which is currently one of the fastest-growing employment sectors in Colorado.

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Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment expects that the number of jobs for electricians in the state will increase by more than 45% during the ten-year period ending in 2024. This level of growth is more than three times greater than the national increase in the number of jobs for electricians.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nearly 10,000 electricians were employed in the Denver area in 2015. This places Denver as the city with the 7th highest number of electricians of any city in the country.

An analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America released in July 2016 affirms the shortage of available qualified construction workers. Officials of the organization urged Congress to pass laws to increase funding for technical and career education.

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Colorado

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in Colorado’s urban 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
Boulder CO
680
49080
Colorado Springs CO
1220
52200
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood CO
9690
48120
Fort Collins CO
730
50110
Grand Junction CO
310
38610
Greeley CO
710
45630
Pueblo CO
310
53100
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area
260
46090
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area
680
49000
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area
1130
50650

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Colorado’s Major Urban and Rural Areas

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work throughout Colorado (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:

  • Boulder: $57,120 – $77.820
  • Colorado Springs: $58,760 – $86,390
  • Denver: $59,800 – $79,790
  • Fort Collins: $63,130 – $94.580
  • Greeley: $53,790 – $77.680
  • Pueblo: $52,760 -$61,190

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

  • Denver: $81,060 – $96,380

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers:

  • Boulder: $77,000 – $97,880
  • Colorado Springs: $61,840 – $92,710
  • Denver: $70,840 – $96,740
  • Fort Collins: $77,130 – $95,650
  • Greeley: $32,810 -$90,980

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Colorado Springs: $55,240 – $77,200
  • Denver: $50,290 – $74,630
  • Grand Junction: $37,650 – $47,850

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Colorado Springs: $29,440 – $37,450
  • Denver: $31,260 – $44,350

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers and Repairers:

  • Colorado Springs: $57,770 – $76,870
  • Denver: $40,580 – $62,460

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
250
59790
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
1850
60120
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
240
78720
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
210
31650
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
720
49290
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
1240
45150
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
2270
68430

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in the Denver Area

Electrician apprentices in Colorado earned the 4th highest average salary of those in any state in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Denver made the agency’s top 10 list of the highest paying cities for electrician apprentices and ranked 9th that year.

Salary data for the BLS’ occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in the Denver area is shown here to represent the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship; 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood CO
340
39460

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