San Diego Licensed Electrician Salary

San Diego in Southern California has 60 colleges and universities, two of which offer degrees in San Diego electrical engineering or associate electrician course. Compared to other programs, you can get a post secondary certificate if you have already earned a diploma in high school.

The principal tasks of San Diego electricians include the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment and fixtures.

These technical experts are required by state laws (Current Certification Law was enacted in 2001) to procure a license if they render services for C-10 contractors and make electrical connections of more than 100 volt amperes as certified by the state. An electrician must pass the certification exam and required experience which is between 4,000 and 8,000 hours depending on the license. This certification expires after three years from the date it was issued by the state board. The licensed electrician must work for a minimum of 2,000 hours and enroll in 32 hours of ongoing education courses. These courses should have relevance to the certification category.

San Diego electricians perform complicated work such as the following:

  • Repair or removal of wiring, equipment and fixtures
  • Use of hand and power tools
  • Testing of electrical systems
  • Ensure continuity of circuits in electrical wiring and fixtures
  • Using testing devices such as ohmmeters and oscilloscopes
  • Provide compatibility and safety of electrical systems

Electricians must be proficient in handling various tools and equipment such as power construction equipment and testing gears and test lamps. These people are exposed to hazards such as climbing and working from ladders and roofs. Some electricians are required to provide training for junior personnel in the performance of different functions. At the same time, licensed electricians should be capable of formulating unique ideas and address problems related to electrical requirements.

It is essential for these professionals to maintain the current license or identification card in compliance with government policies. Aside from practical tasks, most of them will be called upon to perform business management functions which consist of record and file maintenance, preparation of electrical reports, and purchase or ordering of supplies and equipment. At the same time, San Diego electricians will be required to do initial sketches and cost estimates for materials and services. On the other hand, emergency electricians must know how to operate flood lights and generators.

In southern California, the yearly average salaries for electricians used to be seven to 19 percent lower than the statewide average. This was until May of 2009 based on reports released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Los Angeles held the highest standard electrician salaries in the region at $52,780 annually. San Diego electricians recorded an average of $50,380 each year. Those working in the Riverside communities and San Bernardino area maintained an arithmetic mean of $51,230 every year. However, as of October, 2012, the salaries of licensed electricians in San Diego were published at $48,000 annually according to Simply Hired.com. The final figure will still depend on the company location, experience and industry.