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The IL Department of Employment Security projected a 15% increase in electrician jobs in the next 6 years.

So if you want to become an electrician, now’s the right time for you to do so.

Learn how you can work as an electrician in Illinois below.

Potential Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois electricians have the following salary information as of May 2021:

Mean Wage:

  • Annually – $83,140
  • Hourly – $39.97
PercentileAverage Annual Wage
10%$47,370
25%$61,930
50%$88,900
75%$99,110
90%$117,090

 

Annual Salary Range:
$47K
$88K
$11K

Average Salary of Electricians in Illinois

City NameSalary
Chicago$51,078
Rockford$48,149
Aurora$50,615
Naperville$49,989
Peoria$46,464
Springfield$44,258
Joliet$49,546
Elgin$50,328
Waukegan$48,019
Cicero$51,078
* Salary information last updated 2023

How to Become a Licensed Electrician and Electrical Contractor in Illinois

Illinois is one of the few states that doesn’t have state-wide regulations and license issuance for its electricians and electrical contractors.

Instead, the state leaves it to the local-level licensing boards to oversee these.

Let’s take the state capital Springfield as an example.

Obtaining a Springfield License

The Springfield Office of Public Works, Building and Zoning Department (BZD) supervises the electrician regulations and licenses.

They have two types of licenses to issue:

  • Electrical license (for both professionals and contractors)
  • Electrical contractor registration

Qualifications

To qualify for both, you must meet these requirements:

  • At least five years of electrical work experience, with two of those years doing a supervisory role
  • Successfully pass the ICC Master Electrician Exam – G16

License Application

To apply for the Springfield electrical license, you must submit the following to BZD for approval:

  • Completed application for Springfield electrical license form
  • Documentation of work experience, with your resume and reference letters attached
  • Proof of passing the ICC Master Electrician Exam – G16

Once you’ve been approved, pay the license fee of $25 to obtain your license.

For the Springfield electrical contractor registration, you must submit the following:

  • Completed application for new registration form
  • Proof of your position within the organization
  • Obtain a surety bond – $5,000
  • Registration fee – $45

If you’re registering with an out-of-town license (still within the state of Illinois), submit these additional documents:

  • Copy of your current license
  • Documentation of work experience, with your resume and reference letters attached
  • Copy of past permits as proof of the work performed within that jurisdiction
  • *Proof of passing that jurisdiction’s electrical licensure exam
  • If you’re a corporation, registration with the IL Secretary of State

*If you obtained the license without any testing, you’ll be required to take and pass the ICC G16 exam to receive your Springfield license.

License Renewal

Your Springfield license and registration will expire on December 31 the year it was issued.

To renew an electrical license, you must submit the following:

  • Completed application for renewal form
  • Renewal fee – $25

For electrical contractor registration, you must submit the following:

  • Completed application for renewal form
  • Proof of a current $5,000 surety bond
  • Copy of your current out-of-town license, if applicable
  • Renewal fee
    • If registered with Springfield license – $75
    • If registered with out-of-town license – $45

The BZD will give you until the end of January to submit and process the renewal.

Electrical Training Programs and Schools in Illinois

To become an electrician, you must have the fundamental knowledge and skills of the trade.

You have two ways to acquire these:

  • Enroll in a technical school offering an approved electrician program
  • Apply for an approved apprenticeship program

Through a technical school, you’ll receive standardized education and training, which can lead to a certification or degree.

On the other hand, an apprenticeship program gives you full-on on-the-job training under the guidance and supervision of a licensed electrician.

Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by…

  • Union through a local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC)
  • Non-union through a local Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) or Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) chapter

50 Electrician Schools in Illinois

School NameAddress
Black Hawk College6600 34th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
Champaign JATC3301 North Boardwalk, Champaign, IL
City Colleges of Chicago226 West Jackson, Chicago, IL 60606
City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King6301 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60621
Danville Area Community College2000 East Main Street, Danville, IL 61832
Frontier Community College2 Frontier Drive, Fairfield, IL 62837
Heartland Community College - Technology Division1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761
IEC of Greater St. Louis12704 Pennridge Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044
Illinois Central College1 College Dr, East Peoria, IL 61635
Illinois Valley Community College815 North Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, IL 61348
JATC of Bloomington and Normal2407 Beich Avenue, Bloomington, IL
JATC of DuPage County28600 Bella Vista Parkway, Warrenville, IL
JACT of Lake County31290 North U.S. Highway #45, Libertyville, IL
JATC for Local Union #1761110 Northeast Frontage, Joliet, IL
JATC of Local Union 461591 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL
John A. Logan College700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918
Joliet Junior College1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431,
Kankakee Community100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901
Kaskaskia College27210 College Road, Centralia, IL 62801
Kishwaukee College21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150
Lakeland College5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, IL 61938
Lewis and Clark Community College - Benjamin Godfrey Campus5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, IL 62035
Lewis and Clark Community College - National Great Rivers Confluence Campus1, Confluence Way, East Alton, IL 62024
Lewis and Clark Community College - N. O. Nelson Campus600 Troy Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Lincoln Land Community College5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, IL 62794
Lincoln Tech - Melrose Park Campus8317 West North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Lincoln Trail College11220 State Highway 1, Robinson, IL 62454
Local 193 JATC3150 Wide Track Drive, Springfield, IL
Local 649 JATC3941 Humbert Road, Alton, IL
McHenry and North Kane Counties JATC765 Munshaw Lane, Crystal Lake, IL
Midstate JATC3390 North Woodford Street, Decatur, IL
Midwest IEC371 Kairns Drive, Crown Point, IN 46307
Northern Illinois JATC619 South Rock, Rockford, IL
Oakton Community College - Des Plaines Campus1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Oakton Community College - Skokie Campus7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077
Olney Central College305 North West Street, Olney, IL 62450
Parkland College2400 West Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821
Peoria JATC707 Northeast Jefferson Avenue, Peoria, IL
Prairie State College - Matteson Area Center4821 Southwick Drive, Matteson, IL 60443
Quad City JATC1700 52nd Ave, Moline, IL
Rend Lake College468 North Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846
Richland Community CollegeOne College Park, Decatur, IL 62521
Rock Valley College - RVC3301 North Mumford Road, Rockford, IL
Sauk Valley Community College173 Illinois Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
Shawnee Community College8364 Shawnee College Road, Ullin, IL 62992
Southwestern Illinois College - Belleville Campus2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL 62221
Southeastern Illinois College - Harrisburg3575 College Road, Harrisburg, IL 62946
Southwestern Illinois JATC2000 Mall Street, Collinsville, IL
Tech Center of Dupage301 S Swift Rd, Addison, IL 60101
Wabash Valley College2200 College Drive, Mount Carmel, IL 62863

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