An apprentice electrician can make anywhere from $14,475 to $24,175, according to the Houston Chronicle. An apprentice generally makes 30 to 50 percent less than an electrician. Pay for an apprentice increases with experience and a proven track record of success. Overtime pay is also given to apprentices because they work under the guidance of experienced technicians.Continue Reading
The Houston Chronicle also notes that pay can be higher in certain regions. For instance, first-year apprentices in the Tennessee Valley Authority's Lineman Apprentice Program can earn anywhere from $36,450 to $38,370 per year. Apprentices who work in the Northwest Line's Outside Electrical Lineman Apprenticeship can earn a certain percentage of a journeyman's wages, which is $44.73 per hour, as of February 2012. According to Reference.com, a journeyman is someone who completed an apprenticeship program and works for an employer. In the first year, electrician apprentices can make 60 to 63 percent of a journeyman's salary.
The Houston Chronicle goes on to say that the average yearly salary of a certified electrician is $48,250. An apprentice has to become licensed before gaining pay. A person in the apprentice category needs to complete 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid training each year. Apprentices receive a pension plan, usually funded by employers, unions or the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Medical benefits are also afforded to apprentice workers. Apprenticeships normally take four years to complete.Learn more about HR