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Electrician Salaries in West Virginia

More than 100 jobs a year should become available for electricians in West Virginia on average during the ten-year period ending in 2022 according to the State’s Department of Commerce. Parkersburg-Vienna has an unusually high concentration of electricians—the 7th highest in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Nearly 1,500 new construction jobs will become available between 2012 and 2022 according to the West Virginia Department of Commerce. More than 95% of these jobs will be in building construction.

The number of residential building permits in the first half of 2015 suggested a steady increase in new single-family housing starts according to a report from the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics for 2016.

Construction projects that will provide opportunities for electricians include multifamily construction activity at the new University Park and University Place developments in Monongalia County. Major projects underway throughout West Virginia include:

  • The $500-million natural gas plant in Moundsville that is scheduled for completion in 2018
  • Proctor & Gamble’s new $500 million Martinsburg manufacturing facility that is scheduled for completion in 2017
  • Construction at West Virginia State University:
    • A new Agricultural Sciences Building
    • Renovations to the Milan Puskar Stadium Concourse

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout West Virginia

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in a number of West Virginia’s major cities and two 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
Beckley WV
330
49740
Charleston WV
600
58830
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
710
55950
Morgantown WV
310
54600
Parkersburg-Vienna WV
460
50330
Weirton-Steubenville WV-OH
300
60090
Wheeling WV-OH
470
51950
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
590
44500
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
710
57750

Salaries for Specialty Electricians Throughout West Virginia

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for four types of specialized electricians that work in West Virginia’s major cities and rural areas (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:

  • Wheeling: $77,310 – $101,360
  • Rural Southern West Virginia: $68,490 – $84,460
  • Northern West Virginia: $66,240 – $78,700

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Charleston: $39,240 – $65,930
  • Huntington-Ashland: $56,920 – $73,630
  • Weirton-Steubenville:$45,650 – $50,960
  • Rural Northern West Virginia: $57,980 – $77,870

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

  • Rural Northern West Virginia: $73,870 – $93,270

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Huntington-Ashland: $41,110 – $49,250

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
Estimate not released
62900
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
280
52230
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
200
74540
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
150
31210
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
130
40720
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
680
60980

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in West Virginia

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charleston WV
Estimate not released
27890
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
40
35310
Morgantown WV
30
41450
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
31590

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