Electrician career paths & job opportunities

Electricians typically start our in entry-level positions, like apprentices, before advancing to mid-level positions, like service & repair electricians.

Electrician career snapshot

Median pay

$60,040 ($28.87/hr)

Required degrees


10-year job growth

9% (Faster than average)

As you gain more experience as an electrician, more opportunities and career paths become available to you.

Entry-level positions (apprentice electrician )

Typically, entry-level electricians are called apprentices, and have an Apprentice Card. Some examples of apprentice electrician jobs are:

  • Apprentice electrician
  • Electrician helper
  • Service & repair electrician
  • Maintenance electrician

Mid-level positions (journeyman electrician)

Mid-level electricians typically have 3-6 years of experience and their Journeyman License. Some examples of mid-level electrician jobs are:

  • Electrician foreman
  • Lead electrician 
  • Commercial electrician
  • Residential electrician

Senior-level positions (master electrician)

Senior-level electricians typically have 7+ years of experience and their Master Electrician License. Some examples of senior-level electrician positions are:

  • Master electrician
  • General Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Field Supervisor
  • Senior Electrician
  • Facilities manager
  • Code Inspector
  • Project Manager

Once you gain enough experience as an electrician, you will have the opportunity to open your own company if that is the path you would like to take.

Most people wait until they have at least 10+ years of experience before attempting to start a company. This gives you time to learn not only the technical side of working as an electrician, but also the business side of it.

There are many benefits to starting your own company. These include working for yourself, deciding how large or what type of a company you want to build, much higher income potential, and much more.

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