According to U.S. News, as of 2012, the average salary of an electrician is $49,840 per year. Higher-paid electricians make up to $80,000, while electricians in beginning or lower-paying positions make an average of $30,000 annually.
The range of an electrician's salary is largely dependant upon the type of work completed. Industries such as natural gas distribution and motion picture production pay the highest average electrician wages, while apprenticeships and entry-level positions pay the lowest.
Job locations also affect electrician salaries. The best paying city for electricians is Trenton, New Jersey, which is closely followed by San Francisco, California. Across the board, electricians tend to make more than carpenters but less than workers in construction management.