Electrician Salaries in Georgia

Electricians topped the list of professions in Georgia’s “Hot Careers for 2022” that require at least a high school diploma or equivalent. The Georgia Department of Labor prepared this analysis and indicated that an average of 710 jobs for electricians a year will become available in the ten-year period leading up to 2022.

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The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area employs an unusually large number of electricians according the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This agency ranked the city as 6th in the country for the total number of electricians employed there.

The Associated General Contractors of America conducted a survey of construction firms in 2015 and provided a detailed analysis. More than three quarters of the firms from Georgia expect the construction market to grow again in 2015.

However, this survey indicated a critical shortage of skilled craft workers such as electricians for the state’s construction industry. More than three quarters of the firms in Georgia that were surveyed indicated that “preparing the next generation of skilled construction workers” was the legislative issue most important to them.

This shortage of skilled craft workers is so severe that Georgia’s construction companies find they have to increase pay and or benefits to retain or recruit workers:

  • Higher base pay: 61% of firms
  • Improved benefits: 18% of firms
  • More overtime: 9% of firms

Nearly all of the firms reported that it would either continue or become hard to find and hire skilled workers, and 81% expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of the local pipeline for preparing new craft workers.

Salaries for Residential Electricians in Georgia’s Major Cities and Rural Areas

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians throughout Georgia. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany GA
260
45250
Athens-Clarke County GA
300
43920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA
10670
46240
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
880
43920
Brunswick GA
120
39230
Columbus GA-AL
470
41250
Dalton GA
300
43430
Gainesville GA
250
39140
Hinesville GA
70
54700
Macon GA
290
43500
Rome GA
100
42600
Savannah GA
740
47690
Valdosta GA
150
43790
Warner Robins GA
130
52530
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area
480
36690
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area
570
45380
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area
350
37870
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
690
42520

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Georgia’s Largest Cities

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

  • Albany: $55,470 – $67,160
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell: $51,680 – $78,350
  • Augusta-Richmond County: $53,700 – $77,980
  • Gainesville: $49,280 – $62,900
  • Savannah: $59,980 – $73,070
  • Warner Robins: $56,350 – $59,150

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

  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell: $71,330 – $98,910
  • Macon: $81,200 – $101,640

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers:

  • Albany: $45,560 – $67,650
  • Athens-Clarke County: $61,710 – $77,080
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell: $45,230 – $72,090
  • Augusta-Richmond County: $63,840 – $77,280
  • Columbus: $65,860 – $80,470
  • Valdosta: $40,830 – $69,220

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell: $40,660 – $57,180
  • Middle Georgia rural area: $26,400 – $55,910

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell: $29,000 – $42,430

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers and Repairers:

  • Albany: $31,050 – $41,010
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell: $38,280 – $54,790
  • Augusta-Richmond County: $28,670 – $45,540
  • Columbus: $36,630 – $55,490

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
240
51140
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
2670
53480
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
1160
74870
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
260
29160
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
900
36570
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
1740
37990
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
6150
47810

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in Georgia’s Major Cities and Rural Areas

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that two areas of Georgia had unusually large numbers of electrician apprentices as of 2015:

  • Valdosta had the 5th highest concentration of jobs for electrician apprentices on a population basis of any city in the country
  • Rural South Georgia had the 5th highest number of jobs for electrician apprentices of any rural area in the US

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany GA
40
21620
Athens-Clarke County GA
50
26330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA
2180
27720
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
120
24530
Brunswick GA
30
27460
Columbus GA-AL
180
26200
Gainesville GA
70
27670
Macon GA
160
25390
Savannah GA
290
36070
Valdosta GA
110
25010
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
25050
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area
110
25130
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area
80
25410
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
200
24380

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