The New York State Department of Labor estimates that the need for electricians in New York City will decline by 5 percent from 2008 through 2018. Despite the elimination of around 1,000 jobs for electricians during this time frame, the department predicts that around 480 jobs will open for electricians each year due to retirements and employee turnover.
Salary by Experience
Electricians working in New York City made an average of $78,120 per year as of the first quarter of 2010, according to the New York State Department of Labor. Entry level salaries for electricians in the city averaged $43,910 per year, roughly 44 percent below the citywide average. The most experienced electricians in New York City received an average of $95,230 annually. Salaries for these highest-paid electricians in the city exceeded the overall average by more than 22 percent.
Salaries for electricians across the state of New York averaged $67,270 per year as of the first quarter of 2010, estimates the New York State Department of Labor. At that rate, electricians working in New York City earned 16 percent more than the statewide mean rate. The city served as the highest-paying metropolitan area for electricians in the state. Wages there exceeded those earned by electricians on Long Island by 4 percent. Salaries for electricians in New York City were also 6 percent higher than those earned in the Hudson Valley cities like Poughkeepsie.
Comparison to Other Cities
As of 2009, electricians working in the greater New York City region including White Plains, New Jersey, earned an average of $73,990 per year, reports the New York State Department of Labor. Electricians in the New York City metro area were the highest-paid among the other four of the five largest cities in the United States: Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. New York City electricians earned 4 percent more than their counterparts in Chicago, the second-highest paid among the largest cities.
The educational requirements for electricians vary from employer to employer, but a high school diploma is generally necessary to work in the field. Some electricians choose to pursue formal post-secondary education prior to working in the field. As of April 11, two schools in New York City offered associate of applied science degrees in electrical technology: the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan and the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, according to the "College Board's 2011 Book of Majors." Electricians may also choose to participate in apprenticeships through labor unions and contractors. These programs combine paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction.