Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
3d ago

Pay for electricians varies, but most earn between $42,000 and $70,000 a year.

  • Apprentice electricians may start out on the minimum training rate. Pay increases as they pick up skills or complete unit standards.
  • At the end of their four-year apprenticeship, electricians can expect to earn about $42,000 a year.

  • In their first two years after completing their apprenticeship, electricians usually earn $52,000 to $54,000.
  • With three to five years' experience, electricians usually earn $55,000 to $60,000.
  • With six or more years' experience, electricians usually earn $63,000 to $70,000.
  • Experienced electricians working in specialist fields or running their own business can earn $80,000 to $100,000 or more, but for those who are self-
  • employed, income depends on the success of their business.

    Electricians may be supplied with work vehicles.

    Source : Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand, 'Master Electricians 2015 Wage and Salary Survey', 2015.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Electricians may do some or all of the following :

  • study and interpret wiring diagrams and floor plans
  • install electrical wiring and equipment
  • repair or replace electrical wiring, parts and equipment
  • test electrical work for safety
  • keep records of problems they find and work they do
  • prepare quotes and record the work they do.
  • Self-employed electricians also run their own businesses.

    Skills and knowledge

    Electricians need to have knowledge of :

  • electrical theory, laws, codes, and standards of practice
  • how to install electrical wiring and fixtures
  • wiring diagrams and floor plans
  • basic maths and physics
  • safety procedures and first aid.
  • Self-employed electricians must also have business skills.

    Electricians :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may work weekends and be on call
  • work in a variety of places including building sites, existing buildings, power stations and substations
  • sometimes work at height or in small enclosed areas, and in conditions which may be noisy, dirty, dusty, and / or hazardous
  • may travel locally or nationally to work sites.
  • Entry requirements

    To become an electrician you need to :

  • complete an apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering Electrician for Registration (Level 4) or a National Certificate in Electricity Supply Electrician (Level 4)
  • be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board and have a current practising licence.
  • Most employers also prefer that you :

  • have a driver's licence
  • pass a medical test.
  • The Skills Organisation and Connexis oversee electrical apprenticeships.

    ATT and the The Electrical Training Company (ETCO) employ, train and place electrical apprentices. ETCO works with students from selected schools.

    Secondary education

    Level 1 NCEA in maths, English and science, preferably physics, is usually required to enter an apprenticeship.

    While you are still at school, you can gain experience through :

  • Gateway a programme of work experience for Year 11 to 13 students
  • Bright Sparks organises competitions, support and discounts for those interested in electronics and robotics.
  • Electricians need to be :

  • accurate and methodical
  • good communicators
  • able to work well independently or in a team
  • safety-conscious
  • good at problem-solving.
  • Physical requirements

    Electricians need to be fit, healthy and strong, as the work involves climbing and lifting.

    They also need to be comfortable working in confined spaces and at heights, as they may need to crawl through small spaces under buildings and above ceilings.


    Electricians need to be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board. To apply for registration you need to :

  • have a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering
  • pass an electrical regulations exam.
  • To do most types of electrical work you also need to hold a current practising licence covering electrical safety, CPR and first aid.

    Interested in exploring this job further?

    Careers New Zealand is working with the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) to investigate the demand for a matchmaking scheme to help secondary school students easily explore jobs in the construction sector.

    To help us understand the demand for this proposed scheme, please take part in the two-minute survey.

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