Electrician Salaries in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee expects the number of jobs for electricians to increase by nearly 13% during the ten-year period ending in 2024 (Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development).

Tennessee’s construction industry added 249,000 jobs in 2015 (University of Tennessee Economic Report to the Governor for 2016). The report stated that construction is one of the industries that will experience the largest job gains in both 2016 and 2017.

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In May 2016, the Tennessean declared that Nashville’s construction market is “white hot.” The article also commented on how labor is stretched thin with the construction market so active. In fact, more than three-quarters of the contractors in Tennessee expected difficulty in hiring skilled craft workers such as electricians during the coming year (Associated General Contractors of America 2015 survey).

The first half of 2016 brought significant construction announcements in Tennessee. Hankook Tire of South Korea plans to set up its North American headquarters in Nashville. The company expects to start production at what will eventually be an $800 million tire manufacturing plant in Clarksville.

The Tennessee State Government reported Governor Haslam’s announcement that GM will be undertaking significant construction at its Spring Hill manufacturing plant:

  • Investing more than $788 million in a new high-efficiency energy program
  • Modernizing the vehicle programs

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Tennessee

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in urban and rural parts of Tennessee. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Chattanooga TN-GA
1140
45510
Clarksville TN-KY
260
45640
Cleveland TN
110
43790
Jackson TN
240
41080
Johnson City TN
90
41840
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
580
45220
Knoxville TN
1570
47120
Memphis TN-MS-AR
2390
49470
Morristown TN
80
47610
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin TN
2830
48140
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
510
41880
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
430
47490
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
220
38290
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
150
41030

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Tennessee’s Major Cities

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work in the major cities of Tennessee (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:

  • Chattanooga: $72,280 – $88,710
  • Clarksville: $66,610 – $77,630
  • Jackson: $68,870 – $79,010
  • Johnson City: $70,130 – $79,400
  • Kingsport-Bristol: $69,970 – $79,540
  • Knoxville: $63,120 – $77,340
  • Memphis: $66,680 – $77,370
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin: $74,780 – $97,080

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Chattanooga: $65,290 – $94,320
  • Kingsport-Bristol: $52,260 – $62,560
  • Knoxville: $53,610 – $77,560
  • Memphis: $52,630 – $78,810
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin: $53,630 – $69,050

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

  • Knoxville: $78,130 – $84,080
  • Memphis: $69,800 – $78,140
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin: $69,740 – $78,140

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:

  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin: $48,700 – $74,930

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Memphis: $52,640 – $74,780

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin: $39,940 – $57,060

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Chattanooga: $40,600 – $55.880
  • Jackson: $43,560 – $57,520
  • Knoxville: $38,700 – $53,010
  • Memphis: $39,100 – $56,400
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin: $45,420 – $73,020

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
50150
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
1170
54870
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
590
68620
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
90
31770
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
360
34780
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
1490
42220
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
3510
66150

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices Throughout Tennessee

The state of Tennessee designated electrician apprentices as having a “bright outlook statewide.” The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development expects the number of jobs for electrician apprentices to increase by nearly one-quarter during the ten-year period ending in 2024.

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Chattanooga TN-GA
200
26860
Clarksville TN-KY
90
24800
Cleveland TN
60
22160
Jackson TN
30
24110
Johnson City TN
50
31310
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
200
30740
Knoxville TN
510
26170
Memphis TN-MS-AR
370
30390
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin TN
810
31280
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
32810
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
90
25020

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