Electrician Salaries in Michigan

The number of electricians in Michigan should increase by more than 14% during the ten-year period ending in 2024 according to the state’s Department of Technology, Management & Budget. In fact, skilled craft workers such as electricians are currently in high demand as construction in Michigan ramps up with the spillover effects of record auto sales.

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The lack of skilled trades people in Michigan is such a problem that the president of the trade group Construction Association of Michigan, Kevin Kochler, told the Detroit Free Press that “We’re already in trouble…We’re going to be in real trouble” in February 2016.

A number of articles in Michigan’s press from early 2016 described the growth of its construction industry. The Detroit Free Press considers the return of construction to be one of five key trends expected for 2016. This publication reported that the construction industry is expected to grow to 10,000 jobs per year from the end of 2014 through 2017.

Also, home building is on the rise in Michigan. WILX10 reported that the Home Builder’s Association expects a 25% increase in building permits in Michigan during 2016. Contractors expect growth in other types of projects during the year according to the Grand Rapids Business Journal:

  • 38% increase in hospital projects
  • 21% increase in public buildings
  • 19% increase in overall projects

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Michigan

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in the major urban and rural areas of Michigan. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Ann Arbor MI
620
71120
Battle Creek MI
150
56920
Bay City MI
150
57640
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia MI Metropolitan Division
3740
66530
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MI
9100
66400
Flint MI
770
62250
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
2170
49450
Jackson MI
190
51880
Kalamazoo-Portage MI
410
50450
Lansing-East Lansing MI
920
59060
Midland MI
180
49640
Monroe MI
170
63770
Muskegon MI
320
57980
Niles-Benton Harbor MI
230
57450
Saginaw MI
390
62700
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
5360
66320
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
660
54000
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
410
39670
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
350
42360
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
1460
42460

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Michigan

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

  • Ann Arbor: $88,820 – $100,450
  • Detroit-Warren-Dearborn: $73,910 – $97,020
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming: $64,410 – $94,380
  • Monroe: $75,970 – $96,630
  • Muskegon: $78,910 – $96,760
  • Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills: $75,170 – $97,000

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Ann Arbor: $59,920 – $77,090
  • Detroit-Warren-Dearborn: $58,180 – $78,130
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming: $52,770 – $62,990
  • Lansing-East Lansing: $68,450 – $76,990
  • Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills: $59,050 – $78,620

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

  • Detroit-Warren-Dearborn: $73,050 – $87,950
  • Kalamazoo-Portage: $89,660 – $101,370
  • Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills: $79,150 – $95,820

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:

  • Detroit-Warren-Dearborn: $53,830 – $63,060

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Detroit-Warren-Dearborn: $32,860 – $48,610
  • Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills: $29,900 – $43,160

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Detroit-Warren-Dearborn: $49,190 – $74,530
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming: $30,090 – $48,830
  • Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills: $42,330 – $67,130

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Detroit-Warren-Dearborn: $49,920 – $62,570
  • Flint: $37,790 – $60,470
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming: $42,590 – $57,070
  • Lansing-East Lansing: $48,230 – $63,180
  • Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills: $48,110 – $66,080

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
90
46800
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
1450
56570
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
860
77340
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
170
33000
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
730
39550
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
1280
45710
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
4100
70120

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in the Major Cities of Michigan

The number of jobs for electrician apprentices in Michigan should grow by nearly 20% during the ten-year period ending in 2024 according to the state’s Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in the major urban areas of Michigan. Shown below is information that represents the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship; 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia MI Metropolitan Division
Estimate not released
29760
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MI
170
26570
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
160
23680
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
28390

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