If you have great fine-tuning skills and an interest in light construction, you might be a good candidate for a job as an electrician. Electricians are professionally trained -- through classrooms or apprenticeship programs -- to install and maintain all aspects of electrical wiring in buildings, equipment and machinery, in a wide variety of industries. Many electricians belong to unions, such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers, which assist them in ensuring proper training and certification, and favorable benefit plans and salary agreements.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics does not offer any specific information regarding union electrician salaries. However, in its 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook, BLS reports that about 32 percent of electricians belong to a union. According to BLS, in May of 2008 the median average salary for all electricians -- union or otherwise -- was about $48,250 annually. The lowest 10 percent earned $29,400, and the highest paid 10 percent made $80,890 per year. In between salaries included 25 percent of electricians earning $36,630 annually, and another 15 percent earned $63,880.
The Simply Hired career and employment website offers more specific information regarding union electrician salaries. At the time of publication, Simply Hired reports that an average annual salary for a union electrician is around $76,000. This figure is fairly consistent with BLS estimates that indicate that about 15 percent of all electricians earned between $63,880 and $80,890 annually during the reporting period.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also offers detailed information in relation to the hourly rate of pay for all electricians. According to BLS documents, the lowest earning 10 percent of electricians earned no more than $13.54 per hour in May of 2008, while the highest earning 10 percent made more than $38.18. During the reporting period, the middle 50 percent of position holders earned average hourly wages that ranged between $17 and $29.88.
Your field of interest may have a direct impact on how much money you might make as a union electrician. At the time of publication, BLS lists individual electrician hourly wages as follows: employment services $18.32; building equipment contractors; $21.72; nonresidential building construction $22.21; local government $25.66 and electric power generation, transmission and distribution $28.15.