My work has almost stopped here. I've had to apply for a regular job several places, still no "takers". I have 37 1/2 years total electrical experience, a NC license and the highest paying job available so far is around $12/hr. besides one that I had to pass up for $16/hr. because I had already obligated myself to a customer of my own. I seen one site that was willing to pay a commercial plummer $26/hr and only required 1 year experience!! What's going on here I wonder? It seems electricians are on the low end of the totem pole when it comes to wages, and our trade seems to be the most hazardous, requires more itemized material, and in my opinion is the most stressful and has the most liability. Maybe it's just my area, but I know friends that are in the furniture business etc. that makes $12 to $14/hr. I'm thinking about going into a totally different field, like working in a warehouse loading trucks Thanks for listening.... Steve
things are slow her in Indiana also. A few years back I had to take a job in maintenance just to makeit. I worked there for 2 years has a mechanic than an opening came open for a sparky than I moved to it. Only to be laidoff in October. as for the trade being kinda screwy compared to others I agree. Their are alot of people that think electricians job is easy. But we all know it is not. to be a plumber all you have to know is that "crap runs down hill and pay day is friday" good luck and keep your head up.
when in doubt jump it out I happily work for slumlords
Re: How's work out there?
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Untill we ALL take our job seriously, and except that we are well trained educated PROFESSIONALS!!!!! It will never change. RE: plumbers: Call 5 of them, they will be with in dollars of each other. Call an electrician, Call enough and you'll find one who will pay you for him to do the work.
You don't see Lawyers,Doctors or accountants cutting prices do you?
We brought this on ourselfs!!!! Same with the Data and cable guys doing our work!!! You worked hard for your license!!!! Get compencated for your Knowledge (skills)!!!!!!!!!!!
Here it is a mix of things. Residential appears to be slow all around.Commercial varies greatly, depending where you are and what you do. I put my tools down and jumped to an AHJ position earlier this year. The county I work in has slowed but we still are steady. The 3 full time commercial electric plan reviewers are swamped and we have some contractors willing to pay for plan review overtime pay to get the plans done. As far as electricians pay - Leland expressed it correctly. Electricians are driving THEIR own rates down. If everyone would stop cutting each others throat just to get the job things would improve. I don't see that happening anytime soon.
Regional: rates are rates: Why under cut them? Material? Suppliers here are pretty close to each other. Shop, Of course. What ever to survive? I understand that. But why should a fellow trades man put you and himself in that spot?
Trunk slammers/handyman... Now that requires drop a dime!!!! I don't feel a bit guilty about that. I worked for my ticket and I pay a handsome sum for my insurance. Steal from my family..... We got issues!!!
Licensed and insured, quite different from licensed.