Becoming an Electrician in Nevada
Nevada has an abundance of opportunities for electricians to thrive in their career field, work different jobs in the industry and earn higher salaries. Regulations and policies are handled by city rather than the state as a whole. However, electrical contractors are regulated by the Nevada State Contracting Board (NSCB).[En Español]
Like most other states, Nevada requires electricians to begin their careers with an apprenticeship. Each jurisdiction has different requirements for completing an apprenticeship and moving on to a journeyman electrician. Nevada residents can become a residential electrician or journeyman electrician after finishing their apprenticeship and then have the option of earning a license as an electrical contractor. Most Nevada electricians become electrical contractors rather than master electricians.
Job Outlook in Nevada
According to the 2014 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 5,120 employed electricians in Nevada at that time. There is a projected employment increase of 47 percent by 2024, adding over 2,000 more positions for electricians in the state. The rise in electrician jobs in the state is much higher than the national average, which suggests that Nevada is an excellent place for work opportunities.
The average salary for electricians in Nevada as of May 2017 was $62,210 a year. Electricians could earn up to $90,140 a year. More specifically, electrical repairers and installers for industrial and commercial equipment in the top 10 percentile earned over $100,000 in 2017. There is a wide range of salaries depending on the specificity of the job and how much experience the electrician has.
Salaries in Nevada 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 Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment||**||$34.25||$20.82||$22.95||$45.96||$49.06||$71,230||$43,310||$47,730||$95,610||$102,040|
|Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment||380||$34.81||$17.93||$23.39||$49.06||$56.69||$72,410||$37,300||$48,650||$102,040||$117,910|
|Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay||180||$39.48||$28.96||$35.16||$45.41||$48.03||$82,120||$60,250||$73,130||$94,450||$99,900|
|Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers||650||$35.94||$17.22||$24.18||$46.70||$53.35||$74,760||$35,820||$50,290||$97,140||$110,970|
Electrician Salaries in Nevada 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|
|Carson City, NV||120||$28.38||$16.59||$22.15||$35.30||$40.01||$59,040||$34,510||$46,070||$73,430||$83,220|
|Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV||4,610||$30.50||$20.42||$24.31||$36.44||$44.36||$63,440||$42,480||$50,560||$75,790||$92,270|
Electrician Requirements in Nevada
The first step in an electrician’s career is obtaining an apprenticeship. A minimum of 8,000 hours are needed to complete an apprenticeship. Reno, Nevada, requires electricians to get an Apprentice Electrical certificate. Journeyman certificates are issued by the International Code Council. For residents in Reno, residential journeymen must have 6,000 hours of work experience, and journeyman electricians must have 8,000 hours. Clark County distributes electrical licenses based solely on exam grades.
All electricians who work on any public structure in the state must be certified by the Nevada State Contractors Board (NSCB) as an electrical contractor. To qualify to be certified by the NSCB, electricians must have a minimum of four years of experience following their apprenticeships. After earning the proper qualifications, electricians can apply to become electrical contractors and take an exam through the NSCB.
Electrician Training in Nevada
An apprenticeship in Nevada can be union-sponsored or unaffiliated. There are two union-sponsored apprenticeships in the state: Las Vegas for southern Nevada residents and a northern Nevada program in Reno. Individuals must be able to pass an aptitude test, a drug test and an algebra test to start an apprenticeship.
- Great Basin College. Students at Great Basin College have the opportunity to earn a certificate or associate’s degree in electrical systems. Those who receive their certificate of achievement are strongly encouraged to get their associate’s degree, since the majority of the work is done during the certificate completion.
- College of Southern Nevada (CSN). CSN offers an associate’s degree in engineering technology with an emphasis on electronic technology, biomedical equipment or defense contractor technology. There are two locations in Las Vegas and one in Henderson that offer CSN’s programs.
Where to Find Work in Nevada
The best jobs for electricians come after earning their electrical contractor license. Jobs in Nevada are available as contractors for the government, power companies and public areas, to name a few. The employment opportunities in Nevada are multiplying for electricians as evidenced by the employment projection rate. All available positions are well-paid for any electrician, regardless of how advanced they are in their career.
5150 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89118-1519
Electrical Technician – Certificate Program
Advanced Training Institute’s Certificate program in Electrical Technician is based at their campus in the city of Las Vegas, NV. The majority of of the school’s 505 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is around $600 and for out-of-state students around $970 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,625, depending on the program.
College of Southern Nevada offers various Associate program options for future professionals, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Las Vegas. The college has in the order of 33,313 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $3,285 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $10,063 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,061, depending on the program.
1500 College Parkway, Elko, Nevada 89801
Electrical Systems Technology – Certificate Program
Great Basin College’s Certificate program in Electrical Systems Technology is based at their campus in the town of Elko, NV. This is a full, 4-year public college with 3,149 students, of which 99% are undergraduates. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $3,015 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $9,793 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,670, although this varies from program to program.
7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
Industrial Electricity – Certificate Program
Truckee Meadows Community College’s Certificate program in Industrial Electricity is based at their campus in the city of Reno, Nevada. The college has in the region of 11,085 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $3,075 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $9,853 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,200, although this varies from program to 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.