Becoming an Electrician in Nebraska
The Nebraska State Electrical Division (NSED) oversees requirements for becoming an electrician in Nebraska. The process is about the same for all areas of the state and requires a combination of education and work experience to advance and earn licenses.[En Español]
The first opportunity for electricians to earn a license comes as journeymen, which can be for residential or nonspecific work. Journeymen electricians require a minimum of three years of on-the-job experience or a combination of education and experience, and an extra year for future commercial workers. Three regions – Fremont, Hastings and Lincoln – have more specific requirements than the rest of the state. They continue to offer their licenses with different requirements than NSED for more advanced licenses and jobs.
Job Outlook in Nebraska
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 4,850 electricians and related workers employed in Nebraska in 2014. It is expected that there will be a 19-percent rise in employed electricians in the state by 2024, adding a predicted 930 jobs to the field. The average salary in 2017 was around $48,900 a year or $15 an hour. There are many opportunities to advance in the field and increase your pay, with a typical $35,780 entry-level salary up to $73,730 per year for the most advanced electricians.
Salaries in Nebraska by Occupation
|Occupation||Total Employment||Mean Hourly Wage||Hourly Wage 10th Percentile||Hourly Wage 25th Percentile||Hourly Wage 75th Percentile||Hourly Wage 90th Percentile||Mean Annual Salary||Annual Salary 10th Percentile||Annual Salary 25th Percentile||Annual Salary 75th Percentile||Annual Salary 90th Percentile|
|Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment||350||$25.09||$17.20||$20.51||$27.73||$35.45||$52,200||$35,780||$42,660||$57,680||$73,730|
|Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay||100||$39.05||$31.53||$34.65||$44.59||$47.68||$81,220||$65,590||$72,070||$92,740||$99,170|
|Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers||1,060||$31.98||$18.65||$25.55||$38.60||$45.04||$66,520||$38,800||$53,150||$80,290||$93,680|
Electrician Salaries in Nebraska by Region
|Area||Total Employment||Mean Hourly Wage||Hourly Wage 10th Percentile||Hourly Wage 25th Percentile||Hourly Wage 75th Percentile||Hourly Wage 90th Percentile||Mean Annual Salary||Annual Salary 10th Percentile||Annual Salary 25th Percentile||Annual Salary 75th Percentile||Annual Salary 90th Percentile|
|Grand Island, NE||100||$18.53||$10.86||$12.69||$23.20||$28.21||$38,540||$22,590||$26,390||$48,260||$58,680|
|Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA||2,730||$24.23||$13.55||$16.62||$32.06||$37.45||$50,400||$28,190||$34,580||$66,690||$77,900|
|Sioux City, IA-NE-SD||510||$26.17||$15.59||$20.40||$30.39||$37.24||$54,440||$32,420||$42,420||$63,200||$77,460|
Electrician Training in Nebraska
The first step to begin your career as an electrician is to find and register for an apprenticeship through NSED with a union or non-union company. Residential electricians are qualified for a journeyman license after three years of related work, or two years of work along with an associate’s degree. Journeymen electricians, who can work residentially or commercially, require one extra year of work experience. For residential and journeyman electrician licenses, the student must meet the experience requirements stated above and receive a passing grade on the respective exam administered by NSED.
- Metropolitan Community College. The Metropolitan community college offers an associate’s degree in electrical technology as well as an apprenticeship program approved by the NSED. Apprenticeship work can be credited towards an associate’s degree for those who wish to earn a degree.
- Central Community College. An associate degree is offered in electrical technology, or certificates in commercial wiring, electrical fundamentals and residential wiring.
- There are additionally two joint apprenticeship and training committees (JATC) in Nebraska; Omaha JATC and Lincoln Electrical JATC.
Nebraska does not offer master electrician licenses but instead allows advanced electricians to apply for an electrical contractor position. An electrician is eligible after completion of a four-year electrical education program and at least one year working as a journeyman electrician, or five years of experience. Electrical contractors are expected to have extensive knowledge of fire alarm circuits, emergency circuits, wiring apparatus installation and National Electrical Code. For electricians who earned a license through Fremont, Hastings or Lincoln, the NSED will consider their license a state-recognized license but it will not be transferable to any other state.
Finding Work in Nebraska
There are plenty of opportunities for electricians in Nebraska, whether they are just beginning their career or well into their time as an electrical contractor. Most electricians typically look for jobs with construction companies or independent contractors. More advanced licensed electricians can be hired to work for the government or can open their own company if they choose to change jobs.
- Central Nebraska Nonmetropolitan Area
- Northeastern Nebraska Nonmetropolitan Area
- Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
- Western Nebraska Nonmetropolitan Area
Central Community College offers various Certificate program options for future opticians, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Grand Island, NE. This public college has round 6,227 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $3,000 and for students from other states in the order of $4,320 annually, while books and supplies may cost around $1,500, although this varies from program to program.
801 E Benjamin, Norfolk, Nebraska 68702-0469
Electrical Construction and Control – Associate Program
The Associate’s degree program in Electrical Construction and Control at Northeast Community College is offered at their campus in the town of Norfolk, Nebraska. The college has around 5,051 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $3,405 and for students from other states around $4,545 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,535, although this will vary with the program.
30 & Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610
Electrical Mechanical Systems – Certificate Program, Industrial Electrical – Associate Program
Metropolitan Community College Area offers various Certificate program options for future opticians, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Omaha. This public college has round 14,812 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is around $2,970 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $4,568 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,350, although this will vary with the program.
Mid-Plains Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of North Platte. Most of the school’s 2,235 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $3,120 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $3,930 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,600, depending on the program.
* College accredition status and tuition fees and are, to our best knowledge, correct at the time of writing, and sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Check all details directly with college before applying.