Electrician Schools and Training in Washington
In the post below, we provide all the information you'll need to become an electrician in the state of Washington. We go over salaries, licenses, and the various paths a career as an electrician can take you, and then we provide a full list of apprenticeships and electrician schools in Washington.
By the end of the page, you'll have a pretty clear idea of how to begin---and if not, feel free to jump over to our "Contact" page and send us an email. The U.S. needs well-trained electricians, and we'd love to help you on your professional journey.
How To Become An Electrician In Washington
It's easy to figure out how to enter certain careers. If you want to be a chef, you go to culinary school. If you want to be a cop, you go the police academy. Where do you go if you want to learn become an electrician?
Basically, you've got two main choices. You can:
- Locate a community college or tech school in your area that offers electrician training, take classes and graduate, and then find work in your local area, or
- Find an apprentice program, pass the entrance exam, wait for a spot to open up, and start accruing experience.
Plenty of people have become electricians through one of those two avenues, so let's take a closer look and see what's right for you.
Washington Electrical Schools
Many electricians get their start in the classroom. Most electrical schools or community colleges provide a "hands on" learning experience by creating labs that look exactly like a worksite, and students are able to learn--in a safe, controlled environment--exactly what it takes to be an electrician, including how to:
- Create blueprints that other professionals can read;
- Design electrical systems using circuit breakers, transformers, and other electrical tools;
- Bring electricity to and away from heavy machinery, factory equipment, appliances, and fixtures;
- Measure the flow of electricity by using industry-specific gauges, meters, and tools;
- Maintain an established electrical system, and ensure that it meets local and national electrical standards; and
- Wire entire structures, including homes and multi-unit residences, commercial and office buildings, and industrial centers like factories and utility structures.
There is a lot else you'll learn, but that gives you an idea of what you can expect.
Pros of an Electrician School: Upon graduation, you'll be ready to find work;
Cons on an Electrician School: School ain't free!
This is a time-honored method of becoming a tradesman. For as long as there have been trades, there have been apprentices. Here's how it works: an apprentice is paired with one or more electricians, and works side-by-side the electrician at the worksite. The trainee is given larger and larger jobs until he/she is ready to take the state's licensing exams.
Pros: Participants earn a regular salary, and are paid for every hour they work;
Cons: These training opportunities can be difficult to obtain, and there's often a waiting list of a year or more.
I'm Not Sure What I Should Do
We suggest learning about all of your options. Contact all the schools in your area, and reach out to apprenticeship organizers. We've got a list of each below. Make a list of the opportunities available to you. And then, dive in. Whether it's electrician school or an apprenticeship, do your best, work hard, learn all you can, and you'll build a fine career for yourself.
Electrician Salary In Washington
Here's some good news if you're a Washington resident interested in an electrician career: licensed electricians in Washington are among the highest-paid electricians in the United States, and earn (on average) $65,590 per year. There are only a handful of states where electricians earn more: Alaska (where electricians $78,800 per year), Illinois (where electricians $69,940 per year), New York (where electricians $69,820 per year), Oregon (where electricians $68,690 per year), and New Jersey (where electricians $67,570 per year). Good to know!
To further round out your knowledge of Washington electrician salaries, we've collected the following data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics site:
|Washington||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in WA||$25.26||$52,540|
More good news: not only do electricians in Washington make a great living, they earn significantly more than the average Washington resident. That figure---"All Occupations"---represents that average income of ALL jobs in Washington, from waitress and bus drivers up to doctors and CEOs. Washington electricians earn $65,590 per year, whereas the average state salary is $52,540 year. That means that electricians earn $13,040 more per year than the average Joe. Also good news!
If you decide to make "electrician" your professional career title, chances are you'll be well compensated.
List of Washington Electrical Schools and Development Programs
We've done an extensive search to find you all of the apprentice programs and all of the electrician schools in Washington.
If you know of an electrical school or a training opportunity that we've missed, drop us a line and we'll add it. Good luck!
3028 Lindbergh Ave
Email address: email@example.com
Clover Park Tech — Lakewood Campus
4500 Steilacoom Boulevard
Big Bend Community College
7662 Chanute Street NE
Moses Lake, WA 98837
Wenatchee Valley College — Omak Campus
116 West Apple Avenue
Omak, WA 98841
Clover Park Tech — South Hill Campus
17214 110th Avenue East
Puyallup, WA 98374
North Seattle College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, Washington 98103
Electrical Schools in Seattle, WA
South Seattle College — Georgetown Campus (apprentice program)
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
1810 North Greene
1101 South Yakima Avenue
Wenatchee Valley College — Wenatchee College
1300 Fifth Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Washington
JATC of Kennewick
8340 West Gage Boulevard
Kennewick, WA 99336
JATC of Northwest Washington
306 Anderson Road
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
JATC of Puget Sound
550 Southwest 7th Street
Renton, WA 98057
JATC of the Inland Empire
3210 East Ferry Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202
JATC of Southwest Washington
3001 South 36th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
Outside Linemen JATC
9817 Northeast 54th Street
Vancouver, WA 98662
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Washington (Non-Union)
IEC of Washington
1712 Pacific Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
IEC of Oregon
8625 Southwest Cascade Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97008