Predictions indicate that the number of jobs for electricians in Maryland will increase by more than 12% during the ten-year period ending in 2024 according to the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. In fact, finding and retaining good employees was a top concern for almost all of the construction firms that responded to Maryland’s 2016 Construction Industry Outlook survey conducted by Gross Mendelsohn CPAs and Advisors.
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Both residential and business construction are hot in Maryland at the moment. The number of Maryland’s new residential permits from May 2016 were up by more than 77% since the same month a year ago according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s July 2016 summary of Maryland’s economy.
The Baltimore Sun described how the “industrial market booms in Baltimore” in a 2014 article. More than a million square feet of warehouse space was being developed around the region at the time of the article. Companies are driving this demand as they set up massive super-regional centers in an effort to compete with Amazon’s quick delivery service.
Major retailers that had leased space in the area included Kohl’s, Pier 1, Sephora, and Restoration Hardware. Many of these spaces are a particular boon to electricians, since they use robotics and often require a greater electrical capacity than is typically found in a warehouse.
Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Maryland
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in Maryland’s major cities and rural areas. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):
Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Maryland
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work in Maryland’s largest 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:
- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson: $59,480 – $76,890
- Salisbury: $83,950 – $99,400
- Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville: $69,720 – $96,290
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:
- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson: $69,170 – $95,640
- Hagerstown-Martinsburg: $50,870 – $72,360
- Salisbury: $45,940 – $59,250
- Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville: $62,970 – $82,690
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay:
- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson: $71,180 – $93,060
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:
- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson: $64,470 – $78,210
- Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville: $54,870 – $100,200
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:
- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson: $33,450 – $39,360
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:
- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson: $42,120 – 60,240
- Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville: $45,430 – $69,300
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:
- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson: $51,420 – $78,910
- Hagerstown-Martinsburg: $44,950 – $57,460
- Salisbury: $34,250 – $50,260
- Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville: $$46,080 – $61,600
The statewide average for electricians in these specialized roles is shown in the table below:
Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in Maryland’s Major Cities
Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation expects the number of jobs for electrician apprentices to increase by nearly 23% during the ten-year period leading up to 2024. In addition, the California-Lexington Park area had the highest concentration of jobs for electrician apprentices of any city in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The BLS also provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in Maryland’s major cities. The data shown here represents the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship; 2015: