Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
59,610 2.4 % $13.86 $28,840 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.14 $10.85 $13.30 $16.26 $19.03
Annual Wage (2) $19,020 $22,560 $27,670 $33,810 $39,590


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 53,290 3.20 $13.61 $28,300
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,330 0.20 $14.10 $29,320
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,320 0.02 $22.82 $47,460
Employment Services 760 0.02 $13.12 $27,280
Residential Building Construction 420 0.07 $12.79 $26,590

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 53,290 3.20 $13.61 $28,300
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,330 0.20 $14.10 $29,320
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.15 $16.06 $33,410
Utility System Construction 370 0.09 $14.53 $30,210
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 140 0.08 $13.03 $27,100

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 40 (7) $24.51 $50,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,320 0.02 $22.82 $47,460
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $17.31 $36,000
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $17.04 $35,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 (7) $16.40 $34,100


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 7,700 0.73 1.59 $14.21 $29,550
North Carolina 4,440 1.14 2.50 $12.46 $25,930
California 4,280 0.30 0.65 $16.09 $33,460
Florida 4,260 0.59 1.28 $12.35 $25,700
New York 4,090 0.48 1.05 $17.07 $35,510




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 1,200 1.56 3.40 $13.01 $27,050
Louisiana 2,310 1.24 2.70 $12.59 $26,180
North Carolina 4,440 1.14 2.50 $12.46 $25,930
Mississippi 1,130 1.05 2.29 $11.83 $24,600
Oklahoma 1,590 1.04 2.27 $13.43 $27,940




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 0.48 $21.75 $45,240
Oregon 170 0.11 0.24 $19.03 $39,570
Hawaii 270 0.46 1.00 $18.12 $37,700
New York 4,090 0.48 1.05 $17.07 $35,510
Illinois 860 0.15 0.33 $16.77 $34,890





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,050 0.59 1.29 $17.87 $37,170
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,310 0.88 1.91 $15.05 $31,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,720 0.76 1.67 $13.21 $27,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.37 0.82 $18.22 $37,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.66 1.43 $14.81 $30,810
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,320 1.05 2.30 $13.06 $27,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.50 1.10 $14.41 $29,970
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 980 0.97 2.12 $11.66 $24,260
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 980 1.14 2.50 $13.07 $27,180
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 940 1.31 2.86 $12.87 $26,760




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)
Valdosta, GA 190 3.87 8.47 $11.17 $23,230
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 360 3.12 6.82 $15.18 $31,570
Monroe, LA 180 2.40 5.25 $11.80 $24,550
Lake Charles, LA 200 2.32 5.07 $13.06 $27,160
Hattiesburg, MS 130 2.27 4.95 $11.88 $24,700
Mobile, AL 350 2.10 4.60 $12.32 $25,620
Dothan, AL 110 1.95 4.25 $11.86 $24,680
Albuquerque, NM 710 1.94 4.24 $13.04 $27,110
Tuscaloosa, AL 160 1.73 3.78 $11.22 $23,340
Lynchburg, VA 170 1.72 3.77 $11.05 $22,990




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)
Honolulu, HI 140 0.32 0.69 $19.98 $41,550
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.14 0.30 $19.72 $41,020
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.60 $38,700
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.23 $37,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.37 0.82 $18.22 $37,890
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.17 0.36 $18.21 $37,880
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.09 $37,640
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,050 0.59 1.29 $17.87 $37,170
Visalia-Porterville, CA 30 0.26 0.57 $17.79 $37,010
Manhattan, KS 40 0.72 1.58 $17.65 $36,720

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 Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 480 1.91 4.17 $12.60 $26,200
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 430 1.69 3.70 $13.30 $27,670
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 370 1.26 2.75 $11.78 $24,500
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 280 1.54 3.36 $11.78 $24,490
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 250 1.85 4.04 $12.11 $25,180

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)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 30 2.34 5.11 $21.16 $44,000
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 2.01 4.38 $14.91 $31,010
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 480 1.91 4.17 $12.60 $26,200
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 250 1.85 4.04 $12.11 $25,180
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.79 3.91 $11.55 $24,020

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) $24.69 $51,340
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 30 2.34 5.11 $21.16 $44,000
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.71 $43,070
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.68 1.50 $16.86 $35,070
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.76 $34,850


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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