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Minnesota will increase its job demand for electricians by 10.6%, or 2,870 average annual job openings, until 2024.

This means that the state will need a highly skilled workforce to perform electrical services to its residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.

So if you want to become a licensed electrician in Minnesota, now’s the time to do so.

Potential Salary

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

Mean Wage:

  • Annually – $68,970
  • Hourly – $33.16
PercentileAverage Annual Wage
10%$41,000
25%$49,380
50%$64,120
75%$80,930
90%$100,180

 

Annual Salary Range:
$41K
$64K
$10K

Average Salary of Electricians in Minnesota

City NameSalary
Minneapolis$51,067
St. Paul$51,067
Duluth$45,385
Rochester$46,344
Maple Lake$45,800
Wood Lake$42,628
Saint Cloud$44,383
Lakeville$50,751
Eden Prairie$50,981
Burnsville$50,924
* Salary information last updated 2023

How to Become a Licensed Electrician in Minnesota

The MN Board of Electricity regulates and issues the licenses for the following electricians:

  • Unlicensed electrician*
  • Class A journeyworker electrician
  • Class A master electrician
  • Class B installer
  • Lineman
  • Maintenance electrician
  • Power limited electrician

Note (*): MN allows unlicensed individuals to perform electrical services so long as they register with the Board.

Qualifications

If you’re applying for a license, you’ll have to meet these requirements to legally provide electrical services:

  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • Employed by a licensed electrical contractor or registered electrical employer
  • Meet the experience and education requirements
    • Class A journeyworker electrician
      • At least 48 months or 8,000 hours of experience
      • Can credit up to 1 year of experience if you completed an approved 2-year post-secondary electrical course
    • Class A master electrician – at least 60 months or 10,000 hours of experience
    • Class B installer – at least 12 months or 2,000 hours of experience
    • Lineman – at least 48 months or 8,000 hours of experience
    • Maintenance electrician
      • At least 48 months or 8,000 hours of experience
      • Can credit up to 1 year of experience if you completed an approved 2-year post-secondary electrical course
    • Power limited electrician
      • At least 36 months or 6,000 hours of experience
      • Can credit up to 1 year of experience if you completed an approved 2-year post-secondary electrical course or other technical training
  • Successfully pass the required licensure exam

Meanwhile, if you’re applying as an unlicensed individual, you must meet the following:

  • Work performed is within the scope of what the employer is authorized to perform
  • Under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyworker or master electrician

License Application

To apply for the license, you must submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Applicable fees
    • Unlicensed individual – $14
    • Licensed individual – $50
  • Proof of meeting the experience and education requirements (for licensed individuals only)

Exam Details

The Board will administer the exams, which have the following details:

  • Duration – 5 ½ hours each
  • No. of questions
    • Class A journeyworker electrician – 80 questions
    • Class A master electrician – 80 questions
    • Class B installer – 25 questions
    • Lineman – 50 questions
    • Maintenance electrician – 70 questions
    • Power limited electrician – 80 questions
  • Passing score – 70%

License Renewal

The registration as an unlicensed electrician will expire after one year, while all other licenses expire after two years.

To renew the license, you must submit the following:

  • Completed renewal application form
  • Applicable renewal fees
    • Unlicensed individual – $19
    • Class A journeyworker electrician – $43
    • Class A master electrician – $73
    • Class B installer – $43
    • Lineman – $38
    • Maintenance electrician – $43
    • Power limited electrician – $43
  • Proof of completing approved continuing education hours
    • Unlicensed individuals – 2 CE hours
    • Licensed individuals except for lineman – 16 CE hours

How to Become an Independent Electrical Contractor in Minnesota

The Board also regulates and issues the electrical contractor license.

To apply for the license, you must meet the following:

  • Business registration with the Secretary of State
  • Designate a Responsible Licensed Individual (RLI)
  • Obtain insurance coverage
    • Public liability insurance – at least $100,000 per occurrence, $300,000 aggregate, and $50,000 in property damage
    • Workers’ compensation insurance
    • Obtain a surety bond – $25,000

Once you completed these, you can submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Application fee – $128
  • Proof of insurance coverage and surety bond

Renewal for the license is required every two years.

To renew, submit the following:

  • Completed renewal application form
  • Renewal fee – $128
  • Proof of active business filing with the Secretary of State
  • Current certificates of insurance

Electrical Training Programs and Schools in Minnesota

Being a professional electrician will require you to first get the proper trade education and training.

You can receive this by either attending a vocational school or an apprenticeship program.

Both will enable you to learn the competencies to perform electrical work, such as:

  • Cable splicing
  • Code calculations
  • Electrical grounding
  • Instrumentation
  • National Electrical Code
  • Electrical safety work practices
  • OSHA/construction safety
  • Basic welding

Below are the schools and associations offering approved electrical training programs that you can check out.

21 Electrician Schools in Minnesota

School NameAddress
Anoka Technical College1355 West Highway 10 Anoka, MN 55303
Dakota County Tech School1300 145th Street East Rosemount, MN
Dunwoody Tech818 Dunwoody Boulevard Minneapolis, MN
Hennepin Technical College9000 Brooklyn Boulevard Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Iron Range JATC2230 LONDON ROAD SUITE 200 DULUTH, MN 55812
JATC Minnesota State452 Northco Drive Fridley, MN 55432
JATC South Central Minnesota80th Street Southeast Rochester, MN 55904
JATC Saint Paul Electrical1330 Conway Street Saint Paul, MN 55106
JATC Minneapolis13100 Frankfort Parkway Saint Michael, MN 55376
Minneapolis Community / Tech School1501 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead Campus1900 28th Ave South Moorhead, MN 56560
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena Campus405 Colfax Ave Southwest Wadena, MN
Northland Tech - East Grand Forks Campus2022 Central Avenue Northeast East Grand Forks, MN
Northwest Tech905 Grant Ave. Southeast Bemidji, MN
Riverland Community College - Albert Lea Campus2200 Riverland Drive Albert Lea, MN 56007
Riverland Community College - Austin Campus1900 8th Avenue Northwest Austin, MN 55912
Ridgewater College2101 15th Avenue Northwest Willmar, MN 56201
St. Cloud Tech1540 Northway Drive St. Cloud, MN 56303
St. Paul College235 Marshall Ave. Saint Paul, MN
Southeast Technical College - Winona Campus1250 Homer Road Winona, MN 55987
Twin Ports / Arrowhead802 Grafield Ave. Ste. 102 Duluth, MN 55802

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