To become an electrician, you need to jump through several hoops and put the hard work in to
eventually become a master electrician. The electrical field is a very rewarding trade however, if you
enjoy creating things and understanding how things work and run, then an electrical trade might be for
How to Get Started on the Electrician Path
In most cases, in order to get started on your path to becoming an electrician you need to complete four
to five years of being a paid apprentice. Even before applying to be an apprentice however, it might
be a good idea to complete some courses at a technology trade program in order to help you better
stand-out when applying for an electrical apprentice position. It is very hard to get lucky enough to be
able to find an apprentice position like Palmer Electrical Contracting that actually pays for the books of
the apprentices working for them.
Finishing Electrical Coursework
After you finish your coursework either while on or off the job, then you can start applying theoretical
classroom instruction with real-life situations. Most electrical apprenticeships require up to 150
classroom hours and an annual minimum of 2,000 hours spent on the job.
Most likely, apprenticeship duties will include menial tasks like holding tools or running for parts. It
makes the reward from achieving your journeyman’s license so much more appealing.
Average Electricians Salary
An apprentice electrician is generally paid 40 to 50 percent of what a journeyman electrician gets paid
on an hourly basis. In 2015 the average wage for an apprentice was $13.37 per hour while the average
wage for a fully trained electrician was about $51,110. The highest paid wage for that year was $85,590.
The average wage for all electricians has risen about $2,000 a year since 2008 which shows that this
trade is growing and is very healthy.
Pass the Electricians Exam
After successfully completing the electrical apprenticeship you will need to take the state examination
which would qualify you to become an electrical journeyman. licensing requirements vary by state
however, most states require a minimum of successfully taking the journeyman’s exam administered by
the state licensing board.
After achieving your electrical journeyman’s license then you have the option to continue to further
your classroom education and on-job training to upgrade your skills, title, and pay.
However, if you want to skip this entire process in order to figure out how to install a dimmer switch on
your dining room light then you can just give Palmer Electrical Contracting a call at 406-549-8501 for an estimate.
We look forward to talking with you!