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Job Outlook

According to Virginia Workforce Connection, electrician jobs will see an 11.3% increase until 2024.

Electricians in the State of Virginia are paid $47,198 annually, though the salary can reach $53,782 per year.

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

Annual Salary Range:
$41K
$47K
$53K

Average Salary of Electricians in Virginia

City NameSalary
Virginia Beach$45,865
Norfolk$45,150
Chesapeake$45,093
Richmond$48,071
Newport News$44,920
Hampton$44,920
Alexandria$53,336
Portsmouth$45,150
Roanoke$44,257
Lynchburg$43,968
* Salary information last updated 2020

If you are interested in building a career in this industry, read on the steps for becoming an electrician in Virginia.

Become an Apprentice

To become a journeyman in Virginia, you need 8,000 hours of experience along with 240 of theory.

To get trained, you can enroll in a trade school which requires:

  • To be 18 years old
  • High school diploma/GED
  • High school level algebra classes

The programs cover topics like:

  • Electrical Basics and Tools
  • Electrical Panels
  • Conduit Work
  • Grounding and Wiring
  • Wiring Protection Devices
  • Electrical Boxes, Receptacles, and Switches
  • Wiring a Residence
  • Installing Lighting, Ceiling Fans, and Appliances
  • Commercial Wiring & Installation
  • Circuits & Systems

After getting a diploma, you can gain experience with an internship that is usually provided by the school.

Later on, you can get hired by the same company and start an entry-level electrician job.

You can also attend a union or non-union program or search for contractors who are hiring new staff.

The Virginia Department of Labor, Board of Contractors approved 58 educational providers for the theory training.

24 Electrician Schools in Virginia

School NameAddress
Associated Builders & Contractors42680 Trade W Dr, Sterling, VA 20166
Associated Builders & Contractors 1600 East Parham Road Richmond, VA 23228
Associated Builders & Contractors5505 Robin Hood Rd. Suite D Norfolk, VA 23513
Associated Builders & Contractors42680 Trade West Drive Dulles, VA 20166
Blue Ridge Community CollegeOne College Lane Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College — Clifton Forge Campus1000 Dabney Drive Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Danville Community1008 South Main Danville, VA
Eastern Shore Community College29300 Lankford Highway Melfa, VA 23410
IEC Chesapeake8751 Freestate Drive Laurel, MD 20723
JATC of Richmond Electricians11255 Air Park Road Ashland, VA 23005
JATC of Hampton Roads553 Industrial Park Drive Newport News, VA 23608
John Tyler Community College13101 Jefferson Davis Highway Chester, Virginia 23831-5316
Lord Fairfax Community — Middletown Campus173 Skirmisher Middletown, VA
Mountain Empire Community College3441 Mountain Empire Road Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
New River Community5251 College Drive Dublin, VA
Northern VA Community (Multiple Locations in Northern Virginia)6699 Springfield Center Drive Springfield, VA 22150
Paul D. Camp Community (PDCCC) — Franklin Campus100 North College Drive Franklin, VA 23851
Paul D. Camp Community — Hobbs Suffolk Campus271 Kenyon Suffolk, VA
Paul D. Camp Community — Smithfield Campus253 James Street Smithfield, VA 23430
Southside Virginia Community College1300 Greensville County Circle Emporia, VA 23847
Tidewater Community College — Chesapeake Campus1428 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322
Training at Tidewater Electrical828 Providence Road Chesapeake, VA 23325
Virginia Highlands Community College100 VHCC Drive Abingdon, VA 24210
Wytheville Community College – Main Campus1000 East Main Street Wytheville, VA 24382

Getting Your Apprenticeship Registered

Before you start your program, you need to register your apprenticeship with the Virginia Department of Labor.

As an apprentice, you can work for major electrical companies or contractors in the state, and it’s very common to join a union for an apprenticeship.

For this, you need to become a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc (ABC) and Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) also provide non-union apprenticeship programs for those who prefer not joining the union.

Pass the Journeyman Exam

To qualify for the test, you must have:

  • 240 hours of education and 4 years of work experience
  • 160 hours of education and 5 years of work experience
  • 80 hours of education and 6 years of work experience
  • 40 hours of education and 7 years of work experience

You can also apply for the exam if you have a 2-year degree without an apprenticeship.

Submit your application to:

  • Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    • 9960 Mayland Dr. Suite #400
    • Richmond, VA 23233

The exam lasts for 3.5 hours, has 70 questions, requires a score of 49 to pass and costs $100.

The topics cover:

  • Standards of Practice (3 Items)
  • Standards of Conduct (2 Items)
  • Renewal and Reinstatement (2 Items)
  • Definitions (1 Item)
  • Qualification for Licensure (1 Item)
  • Revocation of Licensure (1 Item)
  • General Electrical Knowledge (3 Items)
  • Requirements for Electrical Installations (3 Items)
  • Fire detection and alarm systems (2 items)

The journeyman license needs to be renewed every 2 years for a fee of $90 and requires 3 extra education hours.

Become a Master Electrician

To become a master electrician, you need experience of a year as a journeyman or 10 years of electrical experience.

The test has 90 questions, lasts for 4.5 hours, and requires a score of 63 to pass.

The topics covered are:

  • Standards of Practice (3 Items)
  • Standards of Conduct (2 Items)
  • Renewal and Reinstatement (2 Items)
  • Definitions (1 Item)
  • Qualification for Licensure (1 Item)
  • Revocation of Licensure (1 Item
  • General Electrical Knowledge (4 Items)
  • Requirements for Electrical Installations (4 Items)
  • Electrical-Electronic Fundamentals (5 Items)
  • Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits (9 Items)
  • Service and Feeder Requirements (6 Items)
  • Grounding and Bonding (9 Items)
  • Conductors and Cables (7 Items)
  • Raceways and Boxes (8 Items)
  • Special Occupancies (4 Items)
  • Special Equipment (2 Items)
  • Electrical Signs and Outline Lighting (2 Items)
  • Motors and Controls (8 Items)
  • Utilization Equipment (6 Items)
  • Lighting (2 Items)
  • General Low Voltage Requirements (1 Item)
  • Communication Systems (1 Item)

The master electrician license needs a 2-year renewal, for which 3 extra hours of education have to be completed.

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