Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

47-3013 Helpers--Electricians

Help electricians by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Construction laborers who do not primarily assist electricians are classified under "Construction Laborers" (47-2061). Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
65,300 2.4 % $13.84 $28,780 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.37 $10.93 $13.28 $16.15 $18.73
Annual Wage (2) $19,490 $22,740 $27,620 $33,580 $38,960


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 59,440 3.64 $13.62 $28,330
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,320 0.20 $14.22 $29,580
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,120 0.02 $24.15 $50,240
Employment Services 690 0.02 $13.46 $27,990
Utility System Construction 340 0.09 $14.20 $29,540

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 59,440 3.64 $13.62 $28,330
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,320 0.20 $14.22 $29,580
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.13 $15.96 $33,190
Utility System Construction 340 0.09 $14.20 $29,540
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 80 0.06 $15.22 $31,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $25.41 $52,860
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,120 0.02 $24.15 $50,240
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $16.76 $34,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 (7) $16.62 $34,580
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors (8) (8) $16.12 $33,520


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 10,310 1.00 1.97 $13.74 $28,590
North Carolina 4,640 1.22 2.39 $12.66 $26,340
Florida 4,230 0.59 1.16 $12.52 $26,030
California 4,150 0.30 0.58 $16.57 $34,460
Virginia 3,590 1.01 1.98 $13.44 $27,960




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 1,420 1.83 3.59 $13.40 $27,880
Alabama 2,620 1.45 2.85 $12.04 $25,040
Mississippi 1,360 1.27 2.50 $12.20 $25,370
Louisiana 2,300 1.25 2.46 $12.28 $25,550
North Carolina 4,640 1.22 2.39 $12.66 $26,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.22 0.43 $20.22 $42,060
Oregon 150 0.09 0.18 $18.44 $38,360
Hawaii 200 0.34 0.67 $17.79 $37,010
New York 3,280 0.39 0.76 $17.44 $36,270
Massachusetts 1,310 0.41 0.81 $16.67 $34,670





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,800 1.37 2.69 $14.47 $30,090
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,720 0.54 1.06 $17.74 $36,900
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,450 0.96 1.89 $14.53 $30,230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,130 0.95 1.87 $13.34 $27,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.71 1.39 $14.87 $30,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.33 0.66 $18.82 $39,140
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,120 0.89 1.76 $14.30 $29,730
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 1,040 1.26 2.47 $13.47 $28,020
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 970 1.15 2.25 $12.21 $25,400
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 940 1.32 2.58 $12.54 $26,080




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mobile, AL 750 4.39 8.63 $13.15 $27,350
Monroe, LA 270 3.64 7.15 $11.81 $24,560
Victoria, TX 170 3.52 6.91 $12.87 $26,760
Valdosta, GA 140 2.99 5.87 $12.45 $25,900
Hattiesburg, MS 150 2.78 5.46 $11.69 $24,310
Sherman-Denison, TX 100 2.44 4.80 $12.60 $26,220
Decatur, AL 120 2.31 4.54 $13.09 $27,230
Albuquerque, NM 850 2.29 4.50 $13.49 $28,070
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 240 2.14 4.20 $14.17 $29,480
Lynchburg, VA 200 2.06 4.04 $11.37 $23,660




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 110 0.10 0.19 $20.22 $42,060
Honolulu, HI 90 0.21 0.41 $19.57 $40,700
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.11 0.21 $19.39 $40,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.33 0.66 $18.82 $39,140
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.19 0.37 $18.71 $38,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.15 0.29 $18.41 $38,300
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.29 $38,030
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL (8) (8) (8) $18.19 $37,830
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 180 0.63 1.24 $18.10 $37,640
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,720 0.54 1.06 $17.74 $36,900

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 320 1.75 3.44 $10.73 $22,320
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 1.30 2.56 $12.77 $26,560
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 320 1.33 2.61 $13.02 $27,070
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 280 2.11 4.15 $11.47 $23,860
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 260 0.90 1.77 $11.84 $24,630

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 110 2.65 5.20 $19.20 $39,940
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 2.24 4.41 $14.55 $30,250
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 280 2.11 4.15 $11.47 $23,860
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 240 1.91 3.75 $13.27 $27,600
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.75 3.45 $11.35 $23,600

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.73 $45,190
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 110 2.65 5.20 $19.20 $39,940
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.01 $39,550
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.53 $36,470
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 0.96 $16.57 $34,470


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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