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Occupation Snapshot | Electricians, 2015-2019 | August 2021


Background

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. They ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes and may install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.

As of May 2019, there were 688,620 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $29.02 and the average annual wage was $60,370.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In private industry for this occupation, there were 7,400 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 122.2.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, electricians, private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

1,840

Fractures

1,420

All other natures

1,310

Soreness, pain

1,100

Cuts, lacerations

750

Part of body affected

Hand

1,690

Back

910

Knee

680

Multiple body parts

520

Arm

420

Source of injury or illness

Worker motion or position

1,240

Parts and materials

1,100

All other sources

1,020

Floors, walkways, ground surfaces

880

Handtools

620

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Struck by object or equipment

1,380

Fall to lower level

1,380

Fall on same level

780

Caught in or compressed by object or equipment

450

Slips, trips without fall

450

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, Source, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 68 for electricians during 2019, compared to 80 during 2018.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, electricians, all United States, 2015-2019
Event or exposure[1][2]20152016201720182019

Total fatal injuries (number)

8379748068

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

Transportation incidents

2015162013

Fires and explosions

Falls, slips, trips

2123271418

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

3030173330

Contact with objects and equipment

697

[1] CFOI data by event are only provided if there are fatal case counts in three or more of the six event categories. For more information visit: https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshfat1.htm.

[2] Data shown correspond to Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Note: Dashes indicate data do not meet BLS publication guidelines.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Sources

Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: August 5, 2021