10 Best U.S. States for Powerline Worker Jobs in 2024



All of those essential things we need to live our lives would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of utility workers. From electricity and natural gas to water, sewer and telecommunications, utility workers are the folks who help power society.

Whether working as an executive in a boardroom or a technician in the field, the utility industry is a great place to build a rewarding career. As of October 2023, the utilities sector of the U.S. economy employed more than 560,000 people. Job availability and wages have both been on the rise. As a matter of fact, average industry hourly wages increased 20% from 2019 to 2023 alone.

Several factors fuel demand for utility services, including population growth and new infrastructure installation, existing infrastructure replacement, and ongoing maintenance and repair. Thus, there are more employment opportunities in certain parts of the country than others. Employment opportunities may also vary depending on which segment of the broader utilities industry you’re seeking employment in.

Electrical Powerline Installation & Repair professionals install and repair cables used in electrical power and distribution systems. Commonly referred to as linemen, they also erect poles and heavy-duty transmission towers. The latest industry estimate from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests there are nearly 120,000 people employed to do this type of work.

Employment Opportunities 

The top 10 states employing the most powerline workers for 2024 are:

Miami Beach, United States - December 7, 2021: Electrician maintaining high voltage lines in Miami Beach.1. Texas

2. California

3. Florida

4. North Carolina

5. Missouri

6. Illinois

7. New York

8. Pennsylvania

9. Michigan

10. Ohio

Wages & Compensation 

Powerline workers earn nearly $40 an hour as an industry average. California leads the way with an average of more than $59. The top 10 states for powerline worker wages are:

1. California

Workers assemble a pylon for electricity transmission

2. Hawaii

3. Connecticut

4. Pennsylvania

5. Washington

6. Oregon

7. Idaho

8. Wisconsin

9. New York

10. New Jersey

In Conclusion

Choosing the best states to seek employment as a powerline worker largely depends on where you’d like to live and work. Yes, certain states offer more employment opportunities and higher wages. But the industry as a whole is growing, is in urgent need of workers, and is paying higher wages than it has ever paid before. Now is a great time to build a great career as a powerline worker—whichever state you choose.

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