As a guideline, according to the National Careers Service starting salaries for newly qualified electricians are typically between £17,000 and £20,000 a year. Hourly rates vary quite a bit regionally but are usually in the region of £10 – £13. Experienced electricians can earn in the region of £21,000 to £35,000 a year, with the highest average salaries being in London and the South East. Total Jobs concurs but considers the salary range to be £30,000 – £40,000, with a few years’ experience.
Self-employed electricians can set their own rates where for emergency call outs, they can charge £40 – £50 per hour. With experience an electrician may seek to specialise in areas such as energy efficiency, or renewables e.g. solar photovoltaic energy or wind turbines etc., which opens up more earnings opportunities. Dependent upon the hours they are prepared to work electricians can attain significant earnings figures, especially if they start to employ others and scale their business.
Once you have trained with us and qualified as an electrician you could earn a good income by
- Working as a fully qualified electrician running your own business or for a company.
- Completing the periodic inspection and testing of electrical equipment.
- Installing systems and equipment in domestic buildings, and commercial properties.
- Installing cabling, fit electrical equipment and test circuits in domestic settings.
- Working on maintenance contracts for hotels, restaurants, offices, etc.
And qualified electricians can take advantage of
- Domestic work
- Maintenance contracts
- New construction and building site jobs
- Emergency callouts (which earn premium rates)
- Full-time employment
- Providing a service to allied trades such as plumbers, gas engineers, carpenters etc.
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