Electrician Schools and Training in Alaska

Hello, Alaska! Thanks for stopping by. We've gathered all the data you'll need to start your career as an electrician. We'll start with the training process, discuss your potential salary, and then look at electrician schools and apprenticeships.

Electrician Schools in Alaska

How Do You Get Started?​

Electricians in the great state of Alaska usually get their start in one of two ways. They either 1) go to an electrician school and get an entry-level job; or 2) get an apprenticeship.

​Let's take a closer look at each of the options above.

Electrician Schools get you ready for employment, and make you an attractive candidate for an apprenticeship. Schools provide you with hands-on skills, teach you the theory and academic knowledge you need to effectively (and safely) be an electrician, and help you find work in the area. Upon completing an electrician school training program, you'll be an attractive job candidate for electrician helper and electrician assistant jobs.​

Apprenticeships are offered by local union and non-union organizations. If you sign up for an apprenticeship you'll receive "on the job" training, and learn from licensed electricians on each job site you go to. You'll be required to take a few night classes in order to understand electrical theory and learn the National Electrical Code (NEC).​

You may be wondering: if you can become an apprenticeship and get paid while you learn to become an electrician, why wouldn't you just get an apprenticeship? Why would you bother going to school?

There are a couple of reasons. First, there's often a long waiting period to get an apprenticeship. For people who want to start working, it can make sense to learn the skills needed by go to school. Second, going to school makes you a much stronger candidate when applying for apprenticeships, and many applicants are chosen because they already have some training.

So, if you can contact an apprenticeship program and land an apprenticeship, that's excellent, and you should most definitely do that. If you can't, you may want to think about enrolling in a school / training program in your area.

Alaska Licenses​

​In our last section, we mentioned licenses. In Alaska, there are two different types of licenses: a residential license that allows you to work on homes, and a journeyman license, that allows you to work in any type of establishment (residential, commercial, industrial, etc).

The residential license takes 4,000 hours to earn (or about two to four years) and the journeyman license takes 8,000 hours to earn (or about four to eight years). Once you begin working, you'll be able to start accruing hours and get your residential or journeyman license. Make sure that you've filed any relevant paperwork to ensure that your hours are logged correctly.

What Can You Expect To Make?​

Are you ready for the good news? Licensed electricians in Alaska earn the highest salary of electricians in any state.

It's true! According to the latest data, electricians in Alaska earn $78,800 per year. The only states where electricians come close to earning a salary like that are Illinois and New York, and they earn about $8,000 less per year.​

There's more good news, however. We've compiled data about related trades, and came up with the following:

Alaska Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Electricians $37.88 $78,800
Plumbers $33.88 $70,480
Carpenters $31.81 $66,150
HVAC $30.43 $63,300
Construction Laborers $21.52 $44,770
All Occupations in AK $25.98 $54,040

As you can see, electricians are among the highest paid tradespeople in the state. They make:

  • $8,320 more than plumbers;
  • $12,650 more than carpenters;
  • $15,500 more than HVAC workers; and
  • $34,030 more than construction laborers.

Those are all significant sums of money.

However, the best news may be how the electrician salary in Alaska relates to the average salary in Alaska. The "All Occupations" statistic is a measurement of everyone in Alaska who has a job. So the average Alaska resident makes $54,040, and the average electrician in Alaska makes $24,760 more than that.

If you decide make your living as an electrician, you may be handsomely rewarded.

​Training for Future Alaska Electricians

As promised, here is our list of all the electrician schools in Alaska, followed by each of the apprenticeship programs near you.

Electrical Schools

AVTEC — Alaska’s Institute of Technology
Anchorage Campus
1251 Muldoon Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
(907) 334-2230

Ilisagvik College (yes, that is “Ilisagvik”)
100 Stevenson Street
PO Box 749
Barrow, Alaska 99723

Alaska Technical Center
834 4th Street
Kotzebue, AK 99752
(907) 442-1502

AVTEC — Alaska’s Institute of Technology
Seward Campus
809 2nd Avenue
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-3322

Union Apprenticeship Programs in Alaska

The Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Trust (AJEATT) has four training locations:

  • The Tom Cashen Training Center in Anchorage; phone: (907) 337-9508
  • The Kornfeind Training Center in Fairbanks; phone: (907) 479-4449
  • The IBEW Local 1547 location in Juneau; phone: (907) 586-3050
  • The IBEW Local 1547 location in Ketchikan; (907) 225-1547

You can visit the AJEATT website for more information.


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