Electrician Salaries in Virginia

Virginia’s Employment Commission expects the number of jobs for electricians in the state to increase by more than 15% during the ten-year period ending in 2022. The construction industry in Virginia rebounded from the recession and should be one of the main drivers of Virginia’s economy during the period of 2016 through 2018 (Virginia Department of Planning and Budget).

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In fact, Virginia ranked 9th in the country for retail real estate development in 2015 according to a new report (Commercial Real Estate Development Association Research Foundation). Residential construction in Virginia is on the upswing, too, with new residential permits up more than 47% for May 2016 as compared to the same month a year ago (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond).

Skilled craft workers such as electricians are so in demand in Virginia that contractors expect a shortage of them. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, 95% of Virginia’s contractors surveyed for 2015 expect to have difficulty finding and hiring skilled craft workers.

Construction projects that will provide opportunities for electricians are underway throughout Virginia. Frontier Secure announced plans to open a new customer care center in Wise County (Virginia Business). The Arlington Economic Development reported the approval of a number of construction projects in 2016:

  • Redevelopment of the Ballston Common shopping mall:
    • Upgrades to the mall
    • A new 406-unit residential tower
    • More than 11,800-square feet of new space
    • Renovations to the office building above Macy’s
  • A 6-story, 178-unit residential building across the street from the mall
  • A 22-story LEED Gold apartment building with 330 units on Fairfax Drive

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Virginia

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in Virginia’s major cities and rural areas. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford VA
220
44530
Charlottesville VA
480
40450
Harrisonburg VA
250
44010
Lynchburg VA
240
43630
Richmond VA
2950
47250
Roanoke VA
620
43780
Staunton-Waynesboro VA
120
42960
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
4910
47670
Winchester VA-WV
180
48010
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area
530
46280
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
410
46440
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
64280
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area
240
38990

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Virginia’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 in Virginia (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:

  • Charlottesville: $66,750 – $77,540
  • Lynchburg: $41,340 – $75,170
  • Richmond: $61,300 – $79,450
  • Roanoke: $56,120 – $77,280
  • Staunton-Waynesboro: $48,280 – $77,710
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News: $53,660 – $77,000

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Lynchburg: $53,450 – $77,120
  • Richmond: $56,560 – $74,270
  • Roanoke: $45,130 – $57,960
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News: $512,150 – $63,570

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

  • Richmond: $73,360 – $93,920
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News: $65,220 – $96,550

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Transportation Equipment:

  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News: $59,680 – $70,500

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Specializing in Motor Vehicles:

  • Charlottesville: $37,110 – $58,210
  • Richmond: $31,380 – $38,930
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News: $33,320 – $39,480

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Roanoke: $34,590 – $38,500
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News: $36,140 – $57,830

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Richmond: $43,240 – $57,150
  • Roanoke: $37,890 – $49,530
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News: $41,490 – $61,060

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
640
59450
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
1870
56490
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
840
72280
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
360
32220
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
410
48480
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
2880
43460
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
2470
58840

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices Throughout Virginia

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Harrisonburg VA
100
23730
Lynchburg VA
160
24050
Richmond VA
720
32030
Roanoke VA
160
26570
Staunton-Waynesboro VA
40
25460
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
810
26630
Winchester VA-WV
50
36570
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area
80
29030
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
40
28720
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area
50
30710

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