Nevada expects to see massive job growth through 2017 with construction leading the way according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. This trend bodes well for electricians, and the state of Nevada considers electricians to be a “Demand Occupation” during the ten-year period ending in 2022 (Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation).
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In fact, this Department expects the number of jobs for electricians in Nevada to increase by more than 39% during this ten-year period. This rate of increase is nearly three times greater than the national rate of increase in jobs for electricians.
Construction in Nevada is taking place at such a fast rate that some contractors are having trouble finding qualified workers such as electricians according to an article from 2016 in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
New-home permits in Nevada doubled between 2011 and 2016 partly thanks to a population growth rate three times the national average. The influx of new residents spurred new services in Las Vegas such as:
- $1.2 billion 155-acre Union Village complex
- 6 million-square-foot Downtown Summerlin
- $373 million, 201-room Lucky Dragon Hotel
- MGM Resorts International’s 3-acre The Park at T-Mobile Arena
In addition, “few construction subsectors have surged like the industrial market.” Nearly 6 million square feet of spec industrial space is in the works in Las Vegas as of mid 2016. The Reno area boasts the construction for Tesla’s $5 billion Giga-factory.
Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Nevada
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in the major urban and rural areas of Nevada. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):
Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Nevada’s Major Cities and Rural Areas
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work in Las Vegas, Reno, and the rural areas of Nevada (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: $62,040 – $90,720
- Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay: $73,020 – $93,740
- Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers: $72,840 – $99,080
- Electronic Home Equipment Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers: $47,300 – $68,100
- Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers: $45,490 – $92,720
- Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment: $57,350 – $78,070
- Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay: $72,510 – $91,050
- Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment: $71,660 – $98,680
- Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers: $49,920 – $61,490
Rural North Nevada:
- Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers: $76,010 – $104,270
Rural South Nevada:
- Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers: $86,130 – $98,570
The statewide average for electricians in these specialized roles is shown in the table below:
Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in Las Vegas and Reno
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in the two largest cities of Nevada. Shown below is information that represents the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship (2015):