Electrician Salaries in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania boasted the 5th highest number of jobs for electricians in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry expects a large increase in the number of jobs for electricians in the state during the ten-year period ending in 2024. This Department reports that more than 3,200 jobs will become available during this time frame.

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Philadelphia saw construction on 29 high-rises in May 2016 according to the magazine Curbed Philadelphia. In addition, Drexel broke ground on its $16 million expansion of the Korman Center in July 2016.

The Pittsburgh Business Times reported several major construction projects in the works in the region as of July 2016:

  • Plans are underway to redevelop the 180,000-square foot mill building in Hazelwood
  • Community Bank started construction of its 22,500-square foot operations center in Waynesburg
  • Caterpillar will be building a new 64,500-square foot robotics facility on the site of the former Heppenstall Steel Company mill in Lawrenceville

Salaries for Residential Electricians in Urban and Rural Pennsylvania

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
1400
51020
Altoona PA
160
51790
Bloomsburg-Berwick PA
140
43860
Chambersburg-Waynesboro PA
110
46080
East Stroudsburg PA
230
49290
Erie PA
460
54150
Gettysburg PA
110
41390
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
910
52350
Johnstown PA
150
51240
Lancaster PA
1170
46110
Lebanon PA
190
48560
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County PA Metropolitan Division
4740
66740
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
2970
69290
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
10960
65670
Pittsburgh PA
4530
55090
Reading PA
970
58240
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton PA
1160
54670
State College PA
210
44500
Williamsport PA
190
49840
York-Hanover PA
730
45860
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
600
62330
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
670
59020
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
560
40210

Salaries for Specialty Electricians Throughout Pennsylvania

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work in a large number of Pennsylvania’s cities and several rural areas (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:

  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton: $65,900 – $94,290
  • Altoona: $68,610 – $88,770
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle: $73,690 – $92,340
  • Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County: $68,890 – $85,410
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington: $73,770 – $98,390
  • Pittsburgh: $68,110 – $88,070
  • Reading: $74,550 – $96,260
  • York-Hanover: $78,540 – $115,970

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton: $51,260 – $65,020
  • East Stroudsburg: $52,000 – $57,060
  • Erie: $41,120 – $58,200
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle: $46,110 – $58,390
  • Lancaster: $54,350 – $70,340
  • Lebanon: $55,810 – $58,400
  • Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County: $56,590 – $78,430
  • Philadelphia: $43,930 – $61,450
  • Pittsburgh: $52,820 – $65,020
  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton: $53,040 – $61,520
  • Williamsport: $42,850 – $60,440
  • York-Hanover: $43,000 – $60,740

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

  • Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County: $67,280 – $78,680
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington: $72,730 – $92,450
  • Pittsburgh: 468,300 – $83,660
  • York-Hanover: $68,730 – $89,600

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:

  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington: $56,730 – $72,730

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton: $34,520 – $38,200
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington: $31,530 – $49,890
  • Pittsburgh: $33,800 – $88,790

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Erie: $45,030 – $49,890
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle: $28,730 – $37,940
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington: $37,360 – $62,290
  • Pittsburgh: $29,590 – $46,630

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton: $44,530 – $62,530
  • East Stroudsburg: $47,620 – $60,360
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle: $44.490 – $55.460
  • Lancaster: $43,110 – $61,940
  • Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County: $49,550 – $64,570
  • Philadelphia: $47,040 – $61,570
  • Pittsburgh: $42.080 – $59,210
  • Reading: $48,790 – $72,810
  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton: $47,250 – $76,200
  • York-Hanover: $30,990 – $50,260

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
200
59790
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
3980
51720
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
990
67890
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
120
32880
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
640
33720
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
2810
45840
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
4080
70270

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in Pennsylvania’s Major Cities and Rural Northern Pennsylvania

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in Pennsylvania’s four largest cities and rural North Northeastern Pennsylvania. Shown below is information that represents the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
Estimate not released
27720
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
100
29650
Lancaster PA
60
31360
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County PA Metropolitan Division
420
30430
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
130
33020
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
790
30220
Pittsburgh PA
470
26550
Reading PA
Estimate not released
28150
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton PA
110
28710
York-Hanover PA
80
26970
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
80
35170

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