The Average Electrician Salary for 2016

It’s important that after you have completed your electrical training, you know what an electrician can make in your area. Using statistics from JIB we can work out that the national average electrician salary is £30,500.

This figure has been attained in accordance to all regional percentage differences of electrician salaries, which are all listed below. Where you are located in the UK determines how much you can possibly earn as an electrician.

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The National Average Electrician Salary for 2016

Newly qualified electricians who choose to work for an employer can expect to earn between £19,000 and £22,000 a year. However, over time and after you have gained more experience in various jobs, you can expect to see your salary rise to between £23,000 and £30,000.

Currently the highest regional electrician salary is in London at £36,028.14, which is 18% higher than the national average. The lowest being Birmingham at £27,183.77, which is 11% lower than the national average. These figures have been obtained by the JIB are relate only to salaries for electricians who work for organisations.

The opportunities for self employed electricians know no bounds. You have an unlimited earning potential when you are your own boss and we have covered these figures below for you.

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How much do Electricians earn across the UK?

The amount electricians get paid by electrical contractors varies by region, below is a list of the major cities that have noticeable percentage variables in regards to the national average electrician salary.

London – £36,028.14

Bristol – £32,669.58

Portsmouth – £32,364.26

Brighton – £32,058.94

Glasgow – £32,058.94

Plymouth – £32,058.94

Cardiff – £31,753.61

Northampton – £31,448.29

Norwich – £31,142.97

National Average – £30,500.00

Nottingham – £29,921.67

Sheffield – £29,616.35

Manchester – £29,005.70

Shrewsbury – £27,784.41

Birmingham – £27,173.77

There is a strong regional pattern with the average electrician salaries, which is evident with Northern cities like Manchester earning less than those closer to London, like Brighton. It remains that the closer you live to the capital city, London, the more likely you are to earn more as an electrician.

The only anomaly within this data is Glasgow, which earns 5% more than the national average.

Want to become an Electrician?

We have a course that has been designed specifically for anyone looking to become a domestic installer quickly at an affordable price. After completing the course you can either join a Government approved Part P scheme, which will allow you to sign off your electrical work and other notifiable work or you can go through your local Building Authority.

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How much do Self Employed Electricians earn?

Self employed electricians can quite simply charge what they want, which is normally calculated on the cost of materials, the time needed and travel expenses. Most self employed electricians will charge rates between £20-50 per hour, depending on the type of job, the location of the job and the premises of which the job is being conducted in.

When being self employed as an electrician, the salary you get is entirely down to how much work you do. This depends on yourself marketing your business correctly. Most self employed electricians that are successful and get lots of work have their own websites, advertise correctly and efficiently such as using fliers, and have excellent referral strategies.

Becoming a self employed electrician can most easily be obtained through professional electrical courses and by obtaining the right qualifications and experience needed to start your own electrical business.

If you want to know more about how to become an electrician, then take a look at our handy guide!