The future is bright for electric utility line technicians. Because the industry is facing a 45% retirement rate over the next five years, they are in-demand and well paid.
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Base salary and job outlook
- Median wages (national): $30.85 hourly; $64,170 annual
- Median wages (Missouri): $32.36 hourly; $67,300 annual
- Projected job growth (national - 2012-2022): 8% to 14%
- Projected job growth (national - 2012-2022) 49,900 additional employees
- Apprentice Lineman
- Apprentice Cable Splicer
- Power Lineman
- Journeyman Lineman
- Electrical Lineworker
- Communication Installer
- Substation Technician or Helper
- Wind Technician
- Equipment Operator
- Meter Tester
- Utility Worker
Where you can work
Any electric utility offering an apprenticeship in the United States. You may need to relocate outside the Kansas City metro area to complete your apprenticeship. The employment opportunities for line technicians are excellent across the country, and those applicants with formal training typically have higher starting salaries and greater opportunity for advancement within the industry.