Electrician Salaries in New York

Electricians in New York State earned the 2nd highest average salary in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. New York City’s electricians earned the 4th highest average salary of electricians in any city in the country that year.

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In addition, New York State and City offer a large number of jobs for electricians:

  • New York City area: Highest number of jobs of any city in the country
  • New York State: 3rd highest number of jobs of any state

New York’s Department of Labor expects the number of jobs for electricians to increase by 23% in the ten-year period ending in 2024. Jobs for electricians are particularly in demand in four regions of New York State:

  • Capital Region
  • Central New York
  • Hudson Valley
  • New York City

Employers in New York face a shortage of skilled craft workers such as electricians. In fact, a survey of New York’s contractors revealed that 77% of the firms surveyed expect it to be difficult to recruit skilled craft workers in 2016 according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

The New York Building Congress Annual Report for 2016 said that construction activity in New York City “reaches historic levels.” The private sector currently invests billions of dollars a year in the construction of new housing, hotels, offices, and attractions.

In 2015 alone, investors initiated $40 billion worth of new construction across the five boroughs, and the New York Building Congress expects an even greater amount of construction in 2016.

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout New York

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in New York’s 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
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
2360
60550
Binghamton NY
290
57190
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls NY
2220
58540
Dutchess County-Putnam County NY Metropolitan Division
540
52490
Elmira NY
Estimate not released
51050
Glens Falls NY
210
55940
Ithaca NY
190
55000
Kingston NY
230
56350
Nassau County-Suffolk County NY Metropolitan Division
5750
68570
New York-Jersey City-White Plains NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
29170
77360
New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA
39160
75390
Rochester NY
1790
62640
Syracuse NY
1160
55550
Utica-Rome NY
180
49760
Watertown-Fort Drum NY
130
57480
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
490
55750
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
120
52210
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
140
45900
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
380
49690

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in New York’s Major Cities and Counties

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work in New York’s largest cities and counties (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:

  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy: $84,030 – $103,230
  • Binghamton: $86,340 – $101,710
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls: $85,510 – $103,250
  • Dutchess County-Putnam County: $98,130 – $119,400
  • Nassau County-Suffolk County: $74,190 – $102,079
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City: $78,860 – $105,490
  • Rochester: $87,960 – $101,390
  • Syracuse: $80,540 – $99,350
  • Utica-Rome: $76,250 – $101,300
  • Watertown-Fort Drum: $83,950 – $99,470

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy: $52,270 – $63,520
  • Binghamton: $54,180 – $77,390
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls: $54,770 – $75,210
  • Nassau County-Suffolk County: $59,840 – $84,590
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City: $56,770 – $79,370
  • Rochester: $49,250 – $711,750
  • Syracuse: $62,470 – $78,450

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

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City: $77,280 – $95,420
  • Syracuse: $83,830 – $99,150

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City: $70,380 – $80,590

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Nassau County-Suffolk County: $45,360 – $60,010
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City: $35,380 – $60,400
  • Rochester: $36,690 – $58,510

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy: $46,470 – $60,550
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls: $34,720 – $49,400
  • Nassau County-Suffolk County: $31,540 – $63,410
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City: $49,470 – $61,200

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy: $40,300 – $66,580
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls: $47,520 – $96,660
  • Dutchess County-Putnam County: $42,160 – $59,020
  • Nassau County-Suffolk County: $44,520 – $68,220
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City: $46,230 – $72,990
  • Rochester: $48,390 – $75,370
  • Syracuse: $46,240 – $61,060
  • Utica-Rome: $35,070 – $49,280

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
950
69140
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
2220
53960
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
1990
77950
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
600
40870
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
1650
39740
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
3830
47930
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
4790
77070

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in Urban and Rural New York

New York State had the 2nd highest number of electrician apprentices in the country as of 2015, while New York City had the highest number of electrician apprentices of any city in the country according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
170
28090
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls NY
Estimate not released
29140
Kingston NY
Estimate not released
30110
Nassau County-Suffolk County NY Metropolitan Division
1020
31420
New York-Jersey City-White Plains NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
5230
32490
New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA
6710
32190
Rochester NY
210
33450
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
33580
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
24420

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