Electrician Salaries in Texas

The Texas Workforce Commission expects the number of jobs for electricians to increase by more than 21% during the ten-year period ending in 2022. The Commission predicts that more than 2,000 jobs for electricians will become available on average each year during this time frame.

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Texas had the 2nd highest number of jobs for electricians in Texas as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cities in Texas that have a particularly high number of electricians include:

  • Houston area: 2nd highest number of jobs of any city
  • Dallas area: 5th highest number of jobs of any city
  • Odessa: 6th highest concentration of jobs per population
  • Rural West Texas Region: 5th highest number of jobs of any rural area

The design firm ENR featured major construction projects underway in Texas. Daikin’s 4.2-million square-foot HVAC manufacturing campus in Waller should be completed by early September 2016.

The most expensive building construction projects in Texas include:

  • $11.5 billion Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project Trains 1 and 2 being built by Cheniere Energy Inc. The first train should start operation as early as 2018.
  • $2-billion Liquefaction Project 3 by Freeport LNG on Quintana Island
  • $650-million Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center renovation and expansion in Houston
  • $506-million expansion of the Texas Children’s Hospital Pediatric Tower in Houston

In addition, public universities in Texas will undero nearly $5 billion in new building construction work during 2016 and 2017.

With the large amount of construction underway in Texas, skilled craft workers such as electricians are in short supply. More than 80% of the contractors in Texas expect it to be difficult to find skilled craft workers in the coming year according to a 2015 survey by the Aossicated General Contractors of America.

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Texas

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Abilene TX
Estimate not released
40570
Amarillo TX
580
49550
Austin-Round Rock TX
2960
46990
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
1340
52100
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
270
33340
College Station-Bryan TX
420
37930
Corpus Christi TX
710
50940
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
15030
44050
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
11090
43990
El Paso TX
830
38380
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
3930
44220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land TX
17430
48330
Killeen-Temple TX
360
44530
Laredo TX
240
41200
Longview TX
460
45070
Lubbock TX
570
35320
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
370
33970
Midland TX
560
48490
Odessa TX
910
44590
San Angelo TX
120
48190
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
4030
44890
Sherman-Denison TX
220
43240
Texarkana TX-AR
160
40620
Tyler TX
240
42810
Victoria TX
220
38670
Waco TX
520
45470
Wichita Falls TX
280
45040
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
1230
51560
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
930
41210
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
400
38410
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
920
44610
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
230
44890
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
38370

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in the Major Cities of Texas

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

  • Abilene: $54,190 – $73,310
  • Amarillo: $25,470 – $65,030
  • Austin-Round Rock: $58,900 – $88,640
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur: $67,240 – $77,060
  • College Station-Bryan: $49,210 – $73,610
  • Corpus Christi: $53,660 – $76,470
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: $54,500 – $76,900
  • Fort Worth-Arlington: $56,410 – $75,760
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land: $58,190 – $80,140
  • Killeen-Temple: $49,810 – $72,040
  • Lubbock: $65,350 – $88,730
  • Odessa: $52,550 – $68,010
  • San Angelo: $28,860 – $45,380
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels: $49,590 – $90,640
  • Sherman-Denison: $36,830 – $65,580
  • Tyler: $56,210 – $77,230
  • Victoria:   $38,810 – $73,100
  • Waco: $47,430 – $77,050

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Abilene: $37,990 – $59,650
  • Amarillo: $47,080 – $73,590
  • Austin-Round Rock: $38,540 – $64,310
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur: $65,800 – $79,580
  • Brownsville-Harlingen: $39,230 – $57,580
  • Corpus Christi: $64,890 – $80,870
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: $53,680 – $76,780
  • El Paso: $41,900 – $59,850
  • Fort Worth-Arlington: $52,520 – $81,880
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land: $54,960 – $97,940
  • Killeen-Temple: $46,810 – $56,210
  • Longview: $62,770 – $81,220
  • Lubbock: $42,780 – $67,920
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission: $28,540 – $59,500
  • Odessa: $47,090 – $72,450
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels: $53,160 – $72,340
  • Texarkana: $54,410 – $59,880
  • Victoria: $55,450 – $95,280
  • Waco: $54,590 – $75,380

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

  • Austin-Round Rock: $63,690 – $94,470
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur: $64,740 – $80,500
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: $47,410 – $73,300
  • Fort Worth-Arlington: $48,880 – $99,260
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land: $59,410 – $93,600
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels: $45,840 – $71,880

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:

  • Austin-Round Rock: $45,730 – $57,740
  • Corpus Christi: $49,300 – $78,220
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: $55,590 – $66,780
  • Fort Worth-Arlington: $56,800 – $77,150
  • Killeen-Temple: $45,420 – $73,190
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels: $65,800 – $78,650

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Amarillo: $30,730 – $57,560
  • Austin-Round Rock: $30,070 – $40,300
  • College Station-Bryan: $24,850 – $36,260
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: $33,450 – $49,200
  • Fort Worth-Arlington: $29,130 – $44,010
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Hill: $31,380 – $51,610
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission: $32,110 – $37,900
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels: $33,880 – $46,420

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Austin-Round Rock: $31,930 – $58,780
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: $37,860 – $52,710
  • El Paso: $27,890 – $39,250
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Hill:   $35,720 – $53,700
  • Lubbock: $28,880 – $49,800
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission: $18,190 – $28,090
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels: $45,740 – $60,950

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Amarillo: $41,030 – $57,900
  • Austin-Round Rock: $43,570 – $68,600
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur: $39,620 – $49,820
  • Corpus Christi: $38,420 – $58,130
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: $42,720 – $60,680
  • El Paso: $40,390 – $81,800
  • Fort Worth-Arlington: $41,850 – $62,220
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land: $45,990 – $61,750
  • Killeen-Temple: $27,140 – $44,950
  • Longview: $33,530 – $45,930
  • Lubbock: $33,410 – $56,740
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission: $42,630 – $56,960
  • Odessa: $45,010 – $50,500
  • San Angelo: $32,590 – $49,420
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels: $41,840 – $58,680
  • Texarkana: $39,090 – $49,370
  • Tyler: $37,850 – $59,330
  • Waco: $38,310 – $61,130 

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
1660
56870
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
8520
58880
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
1640
57680
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
2390
34490
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
2050
34380
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
7030
43750
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
10940
53780

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices Throughout Texas

Electrician apprentices in the rural West Texas Region earned the 4th highest average salary of electrician apprentices in any rural area in the country as of 2015 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). In addition, Texas had the largest number of jobs for electrician apprentices that year. Cities with an exceptionally large number of jobs for electrician apprentices included:

  • Dallas—3rd in the country
  • Houston—4th in the country

The number of jobs for electrician apprentices should increase by more than one-third during the ten-year ending in 2022 according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

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 Texas. Shown below is information that represents the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Amarillo TX
Estimate not released
29930
Austin-Round Rock TX
690
32490
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
180
23620
College Station-Bryan TX
Estimate not released
31460
Corpus Christi TX
Estimate not released
29870
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
3310
30530
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
2080
30630
El Paso TX
260
26170
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
1230
30350
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land TX
1990
34570
Killeen-Temple TX
100
29500
Laredo TX
Estimate not released
20280
Longview TX
110
26440
Lubbock TX
Estimate not released
21640
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
Estimate not released
23050
Midland TX
150
29380
Odessa TX
100
34290
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
750
33680
Tyler TX
40
28740
Waco TX
Estimate not released
31110
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
140
38370
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
30020
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
25690
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
31390
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area
60
27570

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