Electrician Salaries in New Mexico

New Mexico’s construction industry bounced back from its slump by adding 500 new jobs between April and May of 2016 according to the design firm ENR Southwest. In particular, Albuquerque is the site of a number of high-profile construction projects as of July 2016 according to Albuquerque Business First.

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One large project is the conversion of an 86,000-square foot office building in the Uptown area into luxury condominiums and a mixed-use project. The investors are calling the new project The 24s@Uptown.

Converting the office space to six condos will cost $4.9 million alone and require reconfiguring the building’s electrical systems. Three of the six condos had already been sold while the project was still under construction.

Other construction projects in Albuquerque that will benefit electricians include:

  • A 6,500-squre foot shopping center that will be built at Montaño Crossing
  • A new hotel on the site of the Santa Ana Star Casino
  • Retail spec space on the Westside
  • The boom in senior housing in Albuquerque

Salaries for Residential Electricians in New Mexico’s Major Urban and Rural Areas

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albuquerque NM
1970
44240
Farmington NM
430
55400
Las Cruces NM
280
53460
Santa Fe NM
110
44290
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
100
50410
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
810
53860
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
130
47500

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Rural Eastern New Mexico

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for three different types of specialized electricians that work in New Mexico’s two largest cities and the rural Eastern part of the state (2015). Those with the most education and experience tend to earn salaries at the upper end of the ranges shown here:

Albuquerque:

  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment: $58,030 – $72,880
  • Security and Fire Alarms Installers: $35,250 – $54,550
  • Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers: $35,190 – $39,520

Las Cruces:

  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment: $68,760 – $94,110

Rural Eastern New Mexico:

  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment: $51,840 – $77,130

The statewide average for electricians in these specialized roles is shown in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Electrical and Electronics Repairers / Commercial and Industrial Equipment
240
56860
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
190
82890
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
Estimate not released
37550
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
270
37640
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
850
59160

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

The increase in the number of jobs for electrician apprentices in New Mexico will be high during the ten-year period ending in 2022 according to the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions. Job growth for electrician apprentices will be particularly high in Las Cruces and Santa Fe:

  • Las Cruces: 10th fastest job growth of all types of jobs
  • Santa Fe: 20th fastest job growth of all types of jobs

Rural areas of New Mexico had a high number of jobs for electrician apprentices in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Rural Southwestern New Mexico: 2nd highest concentration of jobs on a population basis of any rural area in the country
  • Rural Eastern New Mexico: 3rd highest number of jobs of any rural area in the country

This agency provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” throughout New Mexico. Shown below is information that represents the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albuquerque NM
140
31840
Las Cruces NM
Estimate not released
27500
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
40
32290
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
280
28640
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
80
31930

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