The Average Electrician Salary for 2023

Using statistics from the Government Office for National Statistics (ONS) we can work out that the national average electrician salary is £35,150.

This figure has been attained in accordance to all regional percentage differences of electrician salaries, which are all listed below. Where you are located in the UK determines how much you can possibly earn as an electrician.

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The National Average Electrician Salary for 2023

The earning potential for those in skilled trade industries is great, as many trades have proven in these 2023 average figures.

Electricians have proven to be one skilled trade that always performs as one of the highest earning trades, whether employed by a company or self employed. Salaries can vary for electricians, with those new to the industry and with less experience starting out at the lower salary end, compared to those with years of experience and qualifications who can achieve a high salary.

Newly qualified electricians who choose to work for an employer can expect to earn between £19,000 and £22,000 a year. However, over time and after you have gained more experience in various jobs, you can expect to see your salary rise.

Currently the highest regional electrician salary is in Scotland at £37,701. The lowest regional salary is in the East Midlands, where the average electrician salary is £32,872. These figures have been obtained from the Government’s Office for National Statistics, and have been calculated under the median point. This means that the average has not been influenced by a small number of high earners and instead, and shows a fair average for most workers.

The opportunities for self employed electricians know no bounds. You have an unlimited earning potential when you are your own boss and we have covered these figures below for you.


How much do Self Employed Electricians earn?

Self employed electricians can quite simply charge what they want, which is normally calculated on the cost of materials, the time needed and travel expenses. Most self employed electricians will charge rates between £20-50 per hour, depending on the type of job, the location of the job and the premises of which the job is being conducted in. Electricians may choose to charge a day rate instead, and this can range anywhere between £200-£250 on average. In some places such as London this can go up to £350-400 a day.

When being self employed as an electrician, the salary you get is entirely down to how much work you do. This depends on yourself marketing your business correctly. Most self employed electricians that are successful and get lots of work have their own websites, advertise correctly and efficiently such as using fliers, and have excellent referral strategies.

Becoming a self employed electrician can most easily be obtained through professional electrical courses and by obtaining the right qualifications and experience needed to start your own electrical business.

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How much do Electricians earn across the UK?

The amount electricians get paid by electrical contractors varies by region, below is a list of all of the regions across the UK and their average electrician salary, in relation to the national average.

Scotland – £37,701

London – £37,054

South West – £36,953

East – £36,402

West Midlands – £35,280

North East – £35,175*

National Average – £35,150

Yorkshire and the Humber – £34,549

Wales – £34,270

North West – £33,269

East Midlands – £32,872

South East – £32,757


There is a slight regional pattern with the average electrician salaries emerging, where you see London and the East sitting above the national average. However, we are gradually seeing change with the North East and the West Midlands, rising above the national average, resulting in a positive increase in average salary.

*The North East still shows data from 2022 as an updated figure for 2023 was not available.

Want to become an Electrician?

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