Power-Line Installer and Repairer

Industrial Careers

Mean Salary (US)

$72,000

5-Year Job Growth

2.3%

Source: JobsEQ®, a labor market data provider developed by economists and data scientists. Data as of 2020Q1 except wages which are as of 2019

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What is a Power-Line Installer and Repairer?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), the U.S. Department of Labor’s principal fact- finding agency for the federal government in the field of labor, economics, and statistics that provides data on employment and wages, Line Installers and Repairers, also known as line workers, install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.

They install and maintain the power grid—the network of power lines that moves electricity from generating plants to customers. They routinely work with high-voltage electricity, which requires extreme caution. The electrical current can range from hundreds of thousands of volts for long-distance transmission lines that make up the power grid to less than 10,000 volts for distribution lines that supply electricity to homes and businesses.

Line workers who maintain the interstate power grid work in crews that travel to locations throughout a large region to service transmission lines and towers. Workers employed by local utilities work mainly with lower voltage distribution lines, maintaining equipment such as transformers, voltage regulators, and switches. They also may work on traffic lights and street lights.

Duties

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers typically do the following:

  • Install, maintain, or repair the power lines that move electricity
  • Identify defective devices, voltage regulators, transformers, and switches
  • Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment
  • String power lines between poles, towers, and buildings
  • Climb poles and transmission towers and use truck-mounted buckets to get to equipment
  • Operate power equipment when installing and repairing poles, towers, and lines
  • Drive work vehicles to job sites
  • Follow safety standards and procedures

A complex network of physical power lines and cables provides consumers with electricity, landline telephone communication, cable television, and Internet access. Line installers and repairers, also known as line workers, are responsible for installing and maintaining these networks.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Line Installers and Repairers,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/line-installers-and-repairers.htm

How much does a Power-Line Installer and Repairer get paid?*

According to JobsEQ, a labor market data provider developed by economists and data scientists, Line Installers and Repairers made an annual average salary of $72,000 in 2019.

The top 25% of earners made an annual average salary of $90,900 and the bottom 25% of line workers earned $53,600 in 2019. Those who started out as an entry-level web developer in 2019 made $43,600 on average.

These numbers may vary based on geography and labor market.

Entry Level Mean Bottom 25% Top 25%
$43,600
$72,000
$53,600
$90,900

*Source: JobsEQ®. Wage data are as of 2019 and represent the average for all Covered Employment

Best-paying states for Line Installers and Repairers**

According to BLS, California, Oregon, and Alaska bring the biggest paydays for electrical linemen. On average, an electrical lineman in California will earn $105,960 per year — far above the national mean — with figures topping out around $132,910. Oregon and Alaska also command strong salaries, coming in at $96,340 and $94,350 per year on average, respectively. New Jersey, Washington state, and North Dakota make up the next- three highest salaries, on average, for electrical linemen, each stretching over $90,000 per year.

**Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”). Data as of May 2019

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Line Installer and Repairer job outlook***

According to JobsEQ, job opportunities for electrical lineman will grow at an above-average rate over the next 5 years. In 2020, 119,275 Americans made a living as an electrical lineman, and that figure is expected to rise to 122,259 by 2025. Experts project approximately 2,984 job openings annually for electrical linemen, making this an appealing option as a career path over the next five years.

***Source: JobsEQ, Data as of 2020Q1, The shaded areas of the graph represent national recessions.

Power-Line Installer and Repairer job skills and knowledge

According to O*NET Resource Center, people in this career often have these skills:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Mechanical – Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Source: O*NET Resource Center

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