Electrician Salaries in Louisiana

Louisiana boasted the 4th highest concentration of jobs for electricians in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, the BLS ranked Baton Rouge as the city with the 9th highest concentration of jobs for electricians in the country that year.

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With construction at high levels in Louisiana, experts in this area expressed such concern about having enough skilled craft workers to satisfy demand that business, industry, government, and organized labor organized a state task force in 2013 to examine ways to enhance the state’s craft workforce.

Electricians are particularly in demand in Louisiana and had the 3rd highest number of job openings out of all of the types of construction jobs between 2011 and 2016 according to the state’s Workforce Commission. Electricians also made the Commission’s list of top 25 occupations that would add the most jobs through 2024.

Although declines in the energy sector have affected construction in Louisiana in recent times, the state offers a large number of construction projects as of mid 2016. In fact, recent information from the Louisiana Workforce Commission indicated that construction was the fastest growing type of industry on the basis of number of jobs that will be produced over the past year.

More than $63 billion worth of projects were under construction or completed in Louisiana as of late 2015 according to economist Loren Scott who was quoted in The Advocate. At that time, more than $83 billion worth of new plants and expansions remained in the design and permitting stages. This publication summarized major construction trends in southern Louisiana as of 2015:

New Orleans:

  • Nearly $1 billion in condos being built
  • $826 million airport expansion
  • Industrial expansions of more than $1 billion already underway

Baton Rouge:

  • Almost all of $8.1 billion in industrial expansions announced are already underway

Lake Charles:

  • $39.6 billion of industrial projects underway
  • $45 billion in the engineering and permitting stages

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Louisiana

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in Louisiana’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
Alexandria LA
110
51920
Baton Rouge LA
4130
51450
Hammond LA
Estimate not released
39290
Houma-Thibodaux LA
730
48480
Lafayette LA
1590
46100
Lake Charles LA
900
49030
Monroe LA
360
48560
New Orleans-Metairie LA
3270
48430
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
840
42770
Washington Parish Louisiana nonmetropolitan area
50
52040
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area
170
46960
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area
200
38900
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area
190
54590

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in the Major Cities of Louisiana

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work in a number of Louisiana’s cities (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:

  • Baton Rouge: $54,890 – $75,030
  • Lafayette: $48,210 – $90,380
  • Lake Charles: $50,310 – $77,130
  • Monroe: $66,630 – $81,260
  • New Orleans-Metairie: $40,780 – $77,130
  • Shreveport-Bossier City: $52,580 – $73,700

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Baton Rouge: $69,200 – $93,040
  • Lafayette: $48,920 – $75,760
  • Lake Charles: $58,190 – $77,210
  • Monroe: $63,130 – $83,530
  • New Orleans-Metairie: $70,510 – $93,150
  • Shreveport-Bossier City: $48,920 – $62,500

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:

  • Baton Rouge: $52,440 – $61,870
  • New Orleans-Metairie: $52,610 – $72,000

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Lafayette: $24,200 – $37,040

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Baton Rouge: $35,640 – $39,790
  • Monroe: $28,240 – $56,900
  • Shreveport-Bossier City: $25,780 – $55,850

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Baton Rouge: $37,630 – $55,940
  • Lafayette: $29,240 – $49,400
  • Monroe: $38,940 – $86,500
  • New Orleans-Metairie: $38,790 – $48,610
  • Shreveport-Bossier City: $32,610 – $44,110

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
110
48720
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
1020
61300
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
40
62770
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
120
28870
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
290
40840
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
1080
37490
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
1310
52190

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices Throughout Louisiana

Louisiana boasted the highest concentration of jobs for electrician apprentices in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Five of Louisiana’s metropolitan areas ranked in the top 9 list of cities with the highest concentration of jobs for electrician apprentices that year:

  • Baton Rouge: #3
  • Lake Charles: #4
  • Houma-Thibodeaux #6
  • Monroe #8
  • Lafayette #9

The BLS provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in Louisiana’s major cities and rural areas. This information is shown here to represent the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship in 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baton Rouge LA
1130
31110
Houma-Thibodaux LA
210
36350
Lafayette LA
410
26610
Lake Charles LA
230
31950
Monroe LA
150
26160
New Orleans-Metairie LA
700
29700
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
Estimate not released
27050
Washington Parish Louisiana nonmetropolitan area
80
23130
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area
60
23430
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
25970

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