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The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Department discovered that electrician jobs will see a 27.8% increase by 2024.

As an electrician in the State of Texas, expect to be paid $46,992 per year, though the salary can reach $53,547 annually.

By contrast, these salaries are a bit lower than at the national level, with the median one being $47,951 per year, and the highest being $54,640 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$41K
$46K
$53K

Average Salary of Electricians in Texas

City NameSalary
Houston$49,149
Dallas$47,630
San Antonio$46,704
Austin$47,231
El Paso$41,941
Fort Worth$46,724
Arlington$46,647
Corpus Christi$44,374
Plano$47,426
Garland$47,528
* Salary information last updated 2020

If you are considering a career in this industry, read on to find out more about the requirements for working in Texas.

Become an apprentice

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issues the electrician certifications, which require:

  • 8,000 hours and 4 years of experience for a journeyman license
  • 4,000 hours and 2 years of experience for a residential wire-man

You can either get trained in a union or non-union program or attend a vocational school.

Vocational Schools

During the 48 weeks of training, you will learn subjects like:

  • Commercial Wiring
  • Tech Electrical
  • Electronics for Electricians
  • Grounding Electrical
  • Programmable Controllers
  • Conduit Bending for Electrical
  • Electrical/Micro Comp
  • Fiber Optic Electrical
  • Fire Alarm/Security
  • Electric Motor Control
  • Electrical Code
  • Arc Welding
  • Standard First Aid

The vocational schools provide practical training for an electrician career.

50 Electrician Schools in Texas

School NameAddress
Austin Community College5930 Middle Fiskville Road Austin, TX 78752
Brazosport College500 Colleges Drive Lake Jackson, TX
CenTex Chapter IEC8868 Research Boulevard Austin, TX 78758
Cisco College101 College Heights Cisco, TX 76437
El Paso Community College9050 Viscount Boulevard El Paso, TX 79925
El Paso Chapter IEC6596 Montana Avenue El Paso, TX 79925
Galveston College4015 Avenue Q Galveston, TX 77550
Greyson College — Main Campus6101 Grayson Drive Denison, TX 75020
Greyson College — South Campus1455 West Van Alstyne Parkway Van Alstyne, TX 75495
Houston Community College3100 Main Street Houston, TX 77002
IEC Dallas Chapter1931 Hereford Drive Irving, TX 75038
IEC of East TexasP.O. Box 1261 Tyler, Texas 75710
IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County5809 East Berry Street Fort Worth, TX 76119
IEC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter601 North Shepherd Road Houston, TX 77007
IEC of the Texas Panhandle200 South Main Street Borger, TX 79007
IEC of Texas1005 Congress, Suite 162 Austin, Texas 78701
JATC of Austin4000 Caven Road Austin, TX 78744
JATC of Beaumont707 Helena Avenue Nederland, TX 77627
JATC of El Paso6040 Luckett Court El Paso, TX 79932
JATC of East Texas2914 East Marshall Avenue Longview, TX 75601
JATC of Houston108 Covern Street Houston, TX 77061
JATC of North Texas680 West Tarrant Road Grand Prairie, TX 75050
JATC of Rio Grand Valley / Laredo224 North McColl Road McAllen, TX 78501
JATC of South Texas2503 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78212
JATC of San Angelo909 Caddo Street San Angelo, TX 76901
JATC of Texarkana114 Elm Street Nash, TX 75569
JATC of Texas Gulf Coast2301 Saratoga Corpus Christi, TX 78417
JATC of Tyler200 North John Avenue Tyler, TX 75702
JATC of Waco1813 Orchard Lane Waco, TX 76705
JATC of West Texas200 South Fannin Road Amarillo, TX 79105
JATC of Wichita Falls6111 Jacksboro Highway Wichita Falls, TX 76302
Laredo Community College — South Campus5500 South Zapata Highway Laredo, TX
Lee College200 Lee Drive Baytown, TX 77520
Lone Star College — Tomball Campus30555 Tomball Parkway Tomball, TX 77375
Lubbock Chapter IEC6310 Genoa Ave # C, Lubbock, TX 79424
Kilgore College1100 Broadway Kilgore, TX 75662
Kilgore College — Longview Campus300 South High Street Longview, TX 75601
North Lake College — Central Campus5001 North MacArthur Boulevard Irving, TX 75038
Paris Junior College — Workforce Education2400 Clarksville Street Paris, TX 75460
Rio Grande Valley IEC219 East Monroe Avenue Harlingen, TX 78550
San Antonio Chapter IEC2307 Bandera Road San Antonio, TX 78228
San Jacinto College — Central Campus8060 Spencer Highway Pasadena, TX 77505
San Jacinto College — North Campus5800 Uvalde Houston, TX 77049
St. Philip’s College1801 M. L. King Drive San Antonio, TX 78203
South Texas College3201 West Pecan McAllen, TX 78501
Texas Southmost College80 Fort Brown Brownsville, TX 78520
Texas State Technical College3801 College Drive Waco, Texas 76705
Texarkana College2500 North Robison Road Texarkana, TX 75599
Victoria College2200-A East Red River Victoria, TX
Western Texas College6200 College Avenue Snyder, TX 79549

You can then attend a union or non-union program to complete the remaining training for an electrician license.

Union or Non-Union Programs

Texas has 44 programs, from which 11 are Electrician Training Alliance Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees (JATCs), and they can be found on the list above.

The non-union programs are managed by either Texas chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc (ABC) or Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and you can find them on the list above.

To get your apprenticeship registered, submit a form and a fee of $20 to:

  • The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
    • PO Box 12157
    • Austin, Texas 78711

You will need to renew it each year for the duration of your training.

Pass the journeyman exam

You will need to submit an application, proof of experience and $30 fee to:

  • The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
    • PO Box 12157
    • Austin, Texas 78711

The test requires a $74 fee, has 80 questions, lasts 4 hours and needs a 70% passing score.

The topics are:

  • Definitions, Calculations, Theory, and Plans—6 questions
  • Electrical Services, Service Equipment, and Separately Derived Systems—9 questions
  • Electrical Feeders—3 questions
  • Branch Circuit Calculations and Conductors—15 questions
  • Electrical Wiring Methods and Electrical Materials—18 questions
  • Electrical Equipment and Devices—10 questions
  • Motors and Generators—5 questions
  • Electrical Control Devices and Disconnecting Means—3 questions
  • Special Occupancies, Equipment—9 questions
  • Renewable energy technologies—2 questions

You will need to renew the license every 1.5 years, attend 4 extra education hours and pay a $30 fee.

For the TDLR, you need to bring proof of one hour of education on each of the following subjects:

  • National Electric Code (NEC)
  • Texas Law (Title 8, Occupations Code, Chapter 1305)
  • Texas Rules (Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 73)
  • Electrical safety (NFPA 70E)

Residential Wireman License

For this license, you need to bring proof of experience, complete an application and pay a $20 fee.

The exam requires a $60 fee, has 80 questions, lasts 4 hours and needs a 70% passing score.

The topics cover:

  • Definitions, Calculations, Theory, and Plans—8 questions
  • Electrical Services, Service Equipment, and Separately Derived Systems—16 questions
  • Electrical Feeders—7 questions
  • Branch Circuit Calculations and Conductors—14 questions
  • Electrical Wiring Methods and Electrical Materials—10 questions
  • Electrical Equipment and Devices—12 questions
  • Motors and Generators—2 questions
  • Electrical Control Devices and Disconnecting Means—2 questions
  • Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions—7 questions
  • Renewable Energy Technologies—2 questions

You will need to renew the license every 1.5 years, attend 4 extra education hours and pay a $20 fee.

Become an electrical contractor

To apply for the master electrician license, you need 12,000 hours of job experience.

You also need to submit a form, pay a $45 submission fee along with a fee of $74 covering the exam.

The exam has 100 questions, lasts for 5 hours and requires a 70% passing score.

The subjects covered are:

  • Definitions, Calculations, Theory, and Plans—12 questions
  • Electrical Services, Service Equipment, and Separately Derived Systems—16 questions
  • Electrical Feeders—4 questions
  • Branch Circuit Calculations and Conductors—15 questions
  • Electrical Wiring Methods and Electrical Materials—16 questions
  • Electrical Equipment and Devices—12 questions
  • Motors and Generators—8 questions
  • Electrical Control Devices and Disconnecting Means—3 questions
  • Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions—12 questions
  • Renewable Energy Technologies—2 questions

The license needs to be renewed every 1.5 years which costs $45 and requires 4 additional education hours.

If you decide to become an electrical contractor and start a business, you need a master electrician license.

You will also need to submit an application along with a $110 fee, and renew it every 1.5 years for the same amount.

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