Electrician Salaries in Ohio

The state of Ohio expects the number of jobs for electricians to increase by 16% in the ten-year period ending in 2022—a rate that is higher than the national average (Ohio Department of Job and Family Services). A number of types of construction made the list of Top 30 Industries with the Fastest Job Growth prepared by this agency:

  • Utility System Construction—30% increase in jobs
  • Residential Building Construction—27.6% increase in jobs
  • Nonresidential Building Construction—26.1% increase in jobs
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Continued growth in the construction industry in Ohio is taxing the ability of contractors to find enough workers to complete the projects available. More than 90% of the contractors surveyed in 2015 expected to have difficulty finding and hiring skilled craft workers such as electricians over the coming year (Associated General Contractors of America).

A sharp increase in construction in Ohio during 2015 helped the state to rank among the top three states in the country for economic growth according to Columbus Business First. A number of regions of Ohio made substantial progress in increasing construction activity.

Central Ohio. Construction is one of the industries expected to have the best gains in jobs for 2016 in central Ohio according to the economist Bill LaFayette who was quoted in the Columbus Dispatch. The construction industry should add about 1,300 jobs in the region during this year.

The Dayton Area. The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce summarized the “huge growth” of the construction industry in the area:

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base announced that it will build a new $6.6 billion satellite pharmacy
  • Construction started on a $4.5 million townhome project in downtown Dayton
  • The Chamber expects continued progress at several sites:
    • The Mall at Fairfield Commons
    • Cornerstone
    • Austin Landing

Northeastern Ohio. The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland reported exceptionally high job growth in construction in three cities in Northeastern Ohio during the year leading up to June 2015:

  • Toledo: more than double that of any other type of industry
  • Cincinnati: higher than that for any other type of industry
  • Columbus: high at 3.5%

In addition, rural North Northeastern Ohio had the 3rd highest number of jobs for electricians of any rural area in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salaries for Residential Electricians in Urban and Rural Ohio

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Akron OH
1420
51140
Canton-Massillon OH
810
49780
Cincinnati OH-KY-IN
4230
48070
Cleveland-Elyria OH
3480
59330
Columbus OH
3920
44970
Dayton OH
1240
44640
Lima OH
180
50980
Mansfield OH
150
40600
Springfield OH
160
46390
Toledo OH
1220
59820
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
1100
55210
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
1320
52340
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
1370
50120
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
620
47780
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
410
58950

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Ohio’s Major Cities

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

  • Akron: $66,080 – $83,920
  • Canton-Massillon: $66,080 – $78,600
  • Cincinnati: $66.650 – $78,420
  • Cleveland-Elyria: $66,930 – $78,130
  • Columbus: $64,630 – $92,000
  • Dayton: $61,970 – $78,170
  • Toledo: $63,370 – $77,280
  • Youngstown-Warren-Boardman: $72,390 – $80,380

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Akron: $53,700 – $69,140
  • Canton-Massillon: $42,640 – $61,900
  • Cincinnati: $56,780 – $76,920
  • Cleveland-Elyria: $58,980 – $76,040
  • Columbus: $56,820 – $76,410
  • Dayton: $56,960 – $76,950
  • Lima: $53,730 – $73,510
  • Toledo: 456,180 – $75,000
  • Youngstown-Warren-Boardman: $44,310 – $67,040

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

  • Akron: $72,000 – $80,500
  • Cincinnati: $65,660 – $77,170
  • Cleveland-Elyria: $71,990 – $79,940
  • Columbus: $75,320 – $96,400
  • Dayton: $68,980 – $79,770
  • Youngstown-Warren-Boardman: $72,070 – $80,430

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:

  • Cleveland-Elyria: $53,180 – $62,010
  • Columbus: $47,670 – $60,190

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Cincinnati: $28,660 – $37,770
  • Cleveland-Elyria: $38,620 – $55,700
  • Columbus: $34,990 – $54,520
  • Toledo: $37,830 – $55,120

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Akron: $33,030 – $46,470
  • Cincinnati: $33,790 – $48,760
  • Cleveland-Elyria: $36,550 – $45,330
  • Columbus: $39,090 – $47,660
  • Dayton: $34,460 – $39,140
  • Toledo: $32,290 – $50,920
  • Youngstown-Warren-Boardman: $30,740 – $49,620

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Akron: $48,120 – $73,010
  • Canton-Massillon: $41,140 – $70,620
  • Cincinnati: $45,840 – $74,260
  • Cleveland-Elyria: $38,420 – $57,430
  • Columbus: $44,070 – $60,240
  • Dayton: $41,570 – $55,760
  • Toledo: $40,540 – $49,590
  • Youngstown-Warren-Boardman: $38,850 – $51,260

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
340
55680
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
2200
54250
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
660
69380
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
270
36180
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
1270
33030
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
2490
44250
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
3250
63530

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in Ohio’s Major Cities and Rural North Northeastern Ohio

Electrician apprentices in rural North Northeastern Ohio earned the 3rd highest average salary in the country during 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This agency provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in Ohio’s four largest cities and rural North Northeastern Ohio. Shown below is information that represents the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cincinnati OH-KY-IN
220
30380
Columbus OH
Estimate not released
26680
Dayton OH
50
26860
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
60
31380
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
130
38680

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