Master electricians are now being paid $15 per hour, the average hourly rate of electricians, according to new figures.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that hourly pay rose by 6.1 percent to $15.65 an hour in August from $14.50 an hour a year ago.
The average hourly wage is $19.76 in the United States.
The new pay rate was announced on Thursday, which coincides with the annual Electrician’s Guild convention, which runs from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16 in San Francisco.
The $15 hourly rate was initially reported in January 2018.
However, it is now expected to take effect on April 1.
It is the highest hourly pay for an electrician since the Federal Labor Standards Act was passed in 1935, according the BLS.
Electrician wages have been rising since the early 1980s, when the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported the average weekly earnings of electrician workers rose from $7.90 to $9.10 an hour.
It also reported that wages of workers with more than two years of experience rose from about $10 to about $13 an hour between 1980 and 2000.