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Job Outlook

According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center electricians have one of the top 100 fastest-growing occupations.

What’s more is that the Missouri Department of Economic Development foresees a 10% increase in the number of jobs for these tradesmen between 2012 and 2022, with regions like Kansas City and the Ozark with a 23% increased demand for them.

As an electrician in the State of Missouri, expect to be paid $45,553 per year, though the salary can reach $51,908 annually.

By contrast, these salaries are lower than the ones at the national level, where the median one is $47,951 per year and the highest reach $54,640 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$40K
$45K
$51K

Average Salary of Electricians in Missouri

City NameSalary
Kansas City$47,133
Saint Louis$47,212
Springfield$46,239
Independence$47,082
Columbia$46,744
Saint Joseph$46,685
Lee's Summit$46,954
St. Charles$46,957
St. Peters$46,854
Florissant$47,136
* Salary information last updated 2020

Becoming An Electrician

You can’t work as an electrician without a license.

Missouri’s counties and cities handle the licensing process locally, though the requirements and the whole process is similar.

Steps to becoming an electrician:

  • Start working as a trainee
  • Pass the journeyman exam
  • Pass the master electrician exam
  • Become an electrical contractor

Start Working as a Trainee

Before becoming a journeyman, you have to work 8,000 hours as a trainee and also complete between 500 and 1000 hours of classroom instruction.

There are several routes you can take to fulfill this stage:

  1. 8000 hours of work experience, along 500-1000 hours of classroom education, according to the county’s regulations
  2. Earning an associate’s degree in electrical engineering, and 8,000 hours of field experience
  3. A bachelor’s degree earned in 4 years, in electrical engineering or technology and 4,000 hours of work experience
  4. Working under a licensed electrical contractor for 12,000 hours (6 years) while doing wiring and maintenance work

Classroom education should cover:

  • Electrical Theory
  • Structured wiring systems
  • National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • Conduit bending
  • Blueprint reading
  • OSHA safety
  • Industrial motor controls
  • Fiber optics
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

Apprenticeship Programs

Joining an apprenticeship program is a very common method of getting licensed as an electrician.

Most apprenticeships are offered by the local Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees (JATCs) and they provide both the required classroom education and the field experience.

The apprenticeship through a JATC is a unionized one, though non-unionized programs also exist, through the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC).

Requirements to enroll in the JATC apprenticeship program:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Submit a certified copy of your birth certificate
  • High school diploma or GED transcripts
  • Complete one full year of algebra
  • Complete one full year of geometry (specific to St. Louis JATC)
  • Receive a passing score on the electrical trade aptitude test
  • Must become a union member

Requirements to join the non-unionized apprenticeship programs:

  • Minimum 16 or 18 years old, depending on the county
  • A high-school diploma or GED
  • Having a valid driver’s license
  • Pass a drug test
  • Pass a criminal background check

All the apprenticeship programs follow the local guidelines for licensing.

Trade School and College Degree

Some jurisdictions accept a diploma from a trade school or college, as mentioned earlier, though the institution has to be certified by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Other requirements:

  • The degree must focus on the electrical theory and in a related field
  • You must have an original transcript for the graduation
  • Between 4,000 and 8,000 hours of verified work performing wiring

It is usually up to the student to find a licensed electrician under which they can gain the required job experience, either during school or after graduation.

22 Electrician Schools in Missouri

School NameAddress
ATS — American Trade School3925 Industrial Dr. Saint Ann, MO 63074
Central Missouri IEC216 South Missouri Avenue Sedalia, MO 65301
Crowder College601 Laclede Neosho, MO 64850
Hillyard Technical CenterSaint Joseph School District 3434 Faraon Street St. Joseph, MO
IEC of Greater St. Louis12704 Pennridge Drive Bridgeton, MO 63044
IEC of Kansas City8820 Northeast 108th Street Kansas City, MO 64157
IEC of Southeast Missouri433 County Road Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
JATC of Jefferson City209 Flora Drive Jefferson City, MO 65101
JATC of Joplin3302 South Main Street Joplin, MO 64804
JATC of Kansas City303 East 103rd Terrace Kansas City, MO 64114
JATC of Saint Joseph742 South 6th Street Saint Joseph, MO 64501
JATC of St. Louis2300 Hampton Avenue St. Louis, MO 63139
Jefferson College1000 Viking Drive Hillsboro, MO 63050
Lex La-Ray Technical Center2323 High School Drive Lexington, MO 64067
Mineral Area College5270 Flat River Road Park Hills, MO 63601
Ozarks Technical Community College1001 East Chestnut Expressway Springfield, MO 65802
Pinnacle Career Inst.1001 East 101st Terrace Kansas City, MO 64131
Ranken Technical College — St. Louis Campus4431 Finney Avenue Saint Louis, MO 63113
Ranken Technical College — Wentzville Campus755 Parr Road Wentzville, MO 63385
Springfield Area JATC2902 East Division Street Springfield, MO 65803
State Fair Community College3201 West 16th Street Sedalia, MO 65301
State Technical College of MissouriOne Technology Dr. Linn, MO 65051

Some Alternatives

The following alternatives are valid for St. Louis County, but not only.

Military Experience

In some jurisdiction, relevant military training can be accepted instead of other training.

Once you are sure you can do this in your area, you have to compare the NFPA70 to the standards of the NEC, in a relevant manner.

Extensive Field Experience

Extensive field experience consists of working for an electrical or elevator service company, for about 12,000 hours, doing electrical wiring or maintenance.

Become a Journeyman

Most counties don’t have a journeyman certification, and instead, a master electrician license is offered.

You can, however, get a journeyman license in the regions offering it, even if you don’t live or work in those jurisdictions, as it could help you stand out when searching for a job.

One example is Jefferson City where you need to meet these requirements:

  • Complete and prove 8,000 hours as an apprentice
  • Apply for the journeyman license, and pay the fee for it ($105)
  • Apply for the journeyman exam and pay the fee for it ($100)
  • Score of more than 70% on the test

This exam is open book, lasts for 3 hours and covers 80 questions, as follows:

  • General electrical knowledge (10%)
  • Wiring and protection (22%)
  • Wiring methods and materials (19%)
  • Equipment for general use (19%)
  • Special occupancies (10%)
  • Special equipment (5%)
  • Special conditions (5%)
  • Communication systems (5%)
  • Safety (5%)

Remember that when you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll receive a certificate of completion that can be used instead of the journeyman license.

Become a Master Electrician

We’ll have a look at how to earn your master electrician license in Kansas City, as an example since each county has its own rules.

To get your license in Kansas City, you have to contact the City of Kansas City, City Planning & Development, and you can get a Class I or Class II license.

What the classes mean:

  • Class I: installs, alters, repairs, or removes ANY electrical equipment
  • Class II: Can only work with certain types of electrical equipment and existing circuits as long as they’re not longer than 10 feet

They have similar requirements:

  • Over 21 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Fill in the application and pay the $55 application fee
  • Provide 2 notarized reference letters from 2 different companies attesting you have at least 3 years of experience in the electrical trade as a journeyman, foreman, supervisor, or contractor
  • Score over 70% on the appropriate exam

The exam is held by Prometric or the International Code Council (ICC) for Class I and by Prometric only for Class II.

The exam lasts for 2 and a half hours, has 50 questions and is open book.

Covered topics:

  • General electrical knowledge (12%)
  • Wiring and protection (24%)
  • Wiring methods and materials (24%)
  • Equipment for general use (16%)
  • Special occupancies (6%)
  • Special equipment (6%)
  • Special conditions (4%)
  • Communication systems (4%)
  • Safety (4%)

Become a Licensed Electrical Contractor

This section covers the process of becoming an electrical contractor in St. Louis and in Kansas City.

Saint Louis

The St. Louis County Board of Electrical Examiners is the body issuing this license.

Requirements:

  • At least 21 years old
  • A minimum of 12,000 hours of practical experience
  • Provide verification of employment, including submission of W2 and the Affidavit of Employment Experience forms
  • Score more than 75% on the master electrician examination administered by Prometric
  • Submit a licensing application
  • Pay the $20 application fee
  • Pay the $50 escrow deposit

You must pay $125 every year for this license, by December 31st of that year, or you’ll be fined $100 per month for each month the fee stays unpaid.

The hours of practical experience can be accumulated in one of the following ways:

  • 8,000 hours of electrical apprenticeship and additional 4,000 hours of work experience
  • 8,000 hours of practical experience plus a 2-year degree from an electrical trade school
  • 4,000 hours of practical experience plus a 4-year degree in electrical engineering
  • 12,000 hours of practical experience while under the employment of an electrical contractor

If you served in the military and received electrical training, you can get credit for those hours as well.

You have 4 hours to answer the 100 questions in the contractor electrician exam that is also open-book.

Topics:

  • Wiring and protection (23%)
  • General electrical knowledge (10%)
  • Wiring methods and materials (19%)
  • Equipment for general use (19%)
  • Special occupancies (9%)
  • Special equipment (5%)
  • Special conditions (5%)
  • Communication systems (5%)
  • Safety (5%)

Make sure to also pay the bond:

  • $10,000 indemnifying bond
  • $500,000 contractor liability insurance

Kansas City

Requirements for the license:

  • Be licensed as a class I master electrician
  • Fill out the licensing application and pay the $55 application fee
  • Provide proof of contractor liability insurance (minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence)

You must pay $167 to be issued your license that gets renewed every 4 years for a $167 fee.

If you want to run your own business, you have to either:

  • hire an electrical supervisor OR
  • be your own company’s electrical supervisor

Electrical supervisor certificate requirements:

  • Over 21 years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Complete a certificate application and pay the $55 application fee
  • Provide 2 notarized reference letters from 2 different companies verifying that you have at least 3 years of experience in the electrical trade as journeyman, foreman, supervisor, or contractor.
    • At least 1 year must be in the commercial or industrial field.
  • Scoring over 70% on the low-voltage electrical exam administered by Prometric or the one administered by ICC.

The low-voltage electrical exam has 50 questions, is open-book and lasts 2.5 hours.

Breakdown:

  • Special conditions (20%)
  • Communication systems (20%)
  • General electrical knowledge (14%)
  • Wiring and protection (10%)
  • Wiring methods and materials (14%)
  • Equipment for general use (6%)
  • Special occupancies (6%)
  • Special equipment (10%)

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