Electricians install, inspect and test electrical equipment, making sure everything in a building works properly and safely.
- An apprentice electrician starts on around £8,000 a year, depending on age and where they live.
- Newly trained electricians can earn in the region of £14,500 - £19,000
- Trained with experience electricians can earn in the region of £19,000 - £30,000
- Senior or master electricians can earn in the region of £30,000 - £36,000
Salaries depend on location, employer, level of responsibility, and any overtime you may do. Self-employed electricians set their own pay rates.
Qualifications and Training
To work as a qualified electrician, you need an NVQ Diploma or Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at Level 3 in Electrical Installation. You need additional training to do specialist work such as installing environmental technology systems.
Construction apprenticeships are a good way into a career as an electrician. You usually need at least four GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate, including English or Welsh, maths and science.
As an apprentice, you study towards NVQ Level 3 and Functional Skills Level 2 (English, mathematics & ICT) - or Essential Skills in Wales.
Some apprenticeship schemes are open to people over 25, though if you are employed you could work towards the NVQ Diploma without doing an apprenticeship.
You must have normal colour vision to work with electrical wiring. You must pass a colour vision assessment.