Electrician Salaries in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce expects the number of jobs for electricians to increase by more than 14% during the ten-year period ending in 2024.

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A substantial increase in construction employment drives the need for electricians in South Carolina. The construction industry in South Carolina added 1,200 jobs during May 2016. Unlike previous years when most consumers remodeled their homes, new construction fueled housing demand in 2015 according to economists at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

In addition, the massive growth in retail trade jobs has benefitted nonresidential construction. Major gains in construction took place in four of South Carolina’s cities:

  • Spartanburg—39.4% increase
  • Greenville—37.5% increase
  • Columbia—16.9% increase
  • Augusta—16.4% increase

A large number of high-profile construction projects that will provide opportunities for electricians were underway in South Carolina during the first half of 2016. Greenville Online described how Clemson University’s “biggest-ever” construction project is underway at its campus. The $212.7 Douthit Hills project will provide homes for more than 1,600 students in addition to providing a number of other amenities such as a student center, bookstore, and restaurants among others.

The Economic Development Blog described a number of sizable construction projects in South Carolina including the largest investment project in state history. Known as Project 1429, an unknown company plants to invest $1.6 billion to establish a renewable diesel facility in Chester County.

Other major projects during this period include:

  • A new 360,000-square foot campus to become the world headquarters for Blackbaud, Inc in Berkeley County
  • Viva Holdings Group selected a site in St. Stephen, Berkeley County, for a $28 million new integrated manufacturing plant
  • ChartSpan Medical Technologies announced plans to invest $3.2 million to set up clinical support operations at a new location in downtown Greenville

Salaries for Residential Electricians in Urban and Rural South Carolina

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charleston-North Charleston SC
1320
46900
Columbia SC
1160
43110
Florence SC
230
43030
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin SC
1940
44000
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort SC
240
35830
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach SC-NC
500
37840
Spartanburg SC
390
42210
Sumter SC
110
43470
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
38550
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
200
41100
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
150
47810
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
100
45790

Salaries for Specialty Electricians Throughout South Carolina

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

  • Charleston-North Charleston: $50,200 – $73,970
  • Columbia: $49,180 – $74,410
  • Florence: $59,120 – $81,520
  • Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin: $57,780 – $78,320
  • Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach: $60,120 – $78,640
  • Sumter: $44,050 – $67,510

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Charleston-North Charleston: $53,620 – $63,140
  • Columbia: $55,220 – $64,650
  • Florence: $68,720 – $95,320
  • Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin: $51,360 – $64,050
  • Spartanburg: $59,050 – $95,180

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

  • Charleston-North Charleston: $66,870 – $70,770
  • Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach: $75,100 – $96,920

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Columbia: $34,740 – $38,890

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Charleston-North Charleston: $37,900 – $59,790
  • Columbia: $30,830 – $47,620
  • Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin: $36,800 – $56,320
  • Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach:   $37,550 – $48,040

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
210
51020
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
1240
46760
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
220
64220
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
Estimate not released
31490
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
200
32070
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
460
35580
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
2770
52650

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

The Myrtle Beach area had the 10th highest concentration of jobs for electrician apprentices in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This agency provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in South Carolina’s four largest cities and rural North Northeastern South Carolina. Shown below is information that represents the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charleston-North Charleston SC
350
28910
Columbia SC
340
25570
Florence SC
140
26210
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin SC
370
27560
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort SC
Estimate not released
28270
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach SC-NC
270
25560
Spartanburg SC
Estimate not released
23780

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