The Vermont Department of Labor expects that the number of jobs for electricians will increase by 14% during the ten-year period ending in 2022. An average of 40 jobs a year for electricians in Vermont should become available during this period.
The influx of new professionals moving into Northwest Vermont as its economy strengthens drove the market for both houses and apartments in the first half of 2016 (Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty—Northwest Vermont Market Report).
With demand for new houses increasing in this area, a coalition called Building Homes Together formed in 2015 with the goal of building 3,500 new homes during the next five years.
There will be demand for 1,225 new single-family homes, condominiums, and townhouses in Grand Isle, Chittenden, and Franklin Counties during the period from 2016 through 2019 (US Department of Housing and Urban Development Comprehensive Housing Market Analysis for Burlington’s Housing Market Area).
Current construction in the Burlington area that provides opportunities for electricians includes:
- Finney Crossing in Williston—186 single-family homes and townhome units planned
- Village at Autumn Pond in Essex Junction—300 multifamily units planned
In addition, the University of Vermont Medical Center will be expanding its existing facility.
Salaries for Residential Electricians in Burlington and Rural Vermont
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in Burlington and rural southern and northern Vermont. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):
Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Burlington and Rural Vermont
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for four different types of specialized electricians that work in Burlington and rural Vermont (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: $72,420 – $90,170
- Electrical and Electronic Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment: $61,230 – $76,670
- Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers: $44,740 – $71,000
- Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers: $39,630 – $56,280
Southern Rural Vermont:
- Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers: $70,300 – $91,640
- Electrical and Electronic Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment: $64,840 – $79,380
Northern Rural Vermont:
- Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers: $64,500 – $81,860
The statewide average for electricians in these specialized roles is shown in the table below: