The Delaware Department of Labor stated that the availability of jobs for electricians will be “excellent” during the ten-year period ending in 2022. This Department expects that the number of jobs for electricians in Delaware will increase by 18.6% during this period and generate an average of 64 jobs a year for electricians.
The News Journal published an article called “Delaware’s real estate rebound” in early 2016 that described the robust housing market. The retirees who are moving to Delaware buoy the housing market particularly in Kent and Sussex County. In addition, professionals from nearby states are purchasing houses in Delaware with the expectation of retiring there in the future.
“New construction is back to where we would expect it to be” according to The PNC Financial Services Group economist Kurt Rankin. In its predictions for Delaware’s varied industries, the state’s Department of Labor stated that the annual growth rate for construction will be so high that it will be nearly double that of the second fastest growing industry. Its analysis of construction trends indicate that building construction will have the highest growth rate—a trend that is sure to benefit Delaware’s electricians.
In addition to the jobs provided by Delaware’s housing construction, work on US 301 is finally about to begin according to a February 2016 article by the News Journal. While this project will provide immediate jobs in construction, it will also support housing developments in the Middletown area and further enhance the long-term job prospects for electricians and other skilled tradesmen.
Salaries for Residential Electricians in Wilmington and Dover
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in Delaware’s two largest cities. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):
Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Wilmington and Dover
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work in Wilmington and Dover (2015). Those with the most education and experience tend to earn salaries at the upper end of the ranges shown here:
- Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers: $83,810 – $98,310
- Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers: $36,510 – $54,690
- Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers: $47,110 – $59,860
- Electrical and Electronic Repairers Specializing in:
- Commercial and Industrial Equipment: $69,560 – $78,910
- Motor Vehicles: $30,930 – $47,990
- Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay: $74,520 – $93,650
- Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers: $67,180 – $96.980
- Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers: $46,140 – $67,520
The statewide average for electricians in these specialized roles is shown in the table below:
Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in Wilmington
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in Wilmington. This information is shown here to represent the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship; 2015: