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Electrician Schools in Pennsylvania

Do you want to work as an electrician in Pennsylvania?

You should know the electrician industry will grow by 13.8% until 2024.

Below we have brought you to info needed to start your new career.

As this state handles licenses at a local level, the info is based on Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Allentown.

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Become an Apprentice

To be able to get a license, you must either:

  • Become an apprentice and get 3-5 years of experience along with 750-900 hours of schooling
  • Get 2 years of experience and an associate’s degree
  • Have an entry-level electrician job for 10 years

In this state, union apprenticeships require you to register with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and become an apprentice through a JATC.

You can also enroll in a non-union program offered by Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) or the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

The requirements are:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma/GED
  • An algebra class for one year
  • A skills test

If you enter a union program, you will be offered a job after you complete it.

Non-union apprenticeships require you to find your own entry-level position.

Trade School Training

You can choose to enroll in a trade school and get a diploma or associate’s degree that will count towards your training.

You will study the following:

  • AC/DC Electronics
  • Basic Applied Electrical Math
  • Non-linear Circuit analysis
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Electric Motor Control
  • National Electric Code
  • Blueprint Reading
School Name Address
Berks Career & Technology Center 1057 County Road, Leesport, PA 19533
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center 1620 River Road, Clearfield, PA 16830
Community College of Allegheny County 800 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Dean Institute of Technology 1501 W Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Delaware County Community College 901 S Media Line Rd, Media, PA 19063
Forbes Road Career and Technology Center 607 Beatty Rd, Monroeville, PA 15146
Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center 1500 Fourth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602
Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center 445 Schoolhouse Rd, Johnstown, PA 15904
Harrisburg Area Community College 1 HACC Dr., Harrisburg, PA 17110
Indiana County Technology Center 441 Hamill Rd, Indiana, PA 15701
Johnson College 3427 N Main Ave, Scranton, PA 18508
Kaplan Career Institute 177 Franklin Mills Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19154
Kaplan Career Institute 933 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Kaplan Career Institute 3010 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Kaplan Career Institute 1991 Sproul Road Suite 42, Broomall, PA 19008
Lancaster County Career and Technology Center 1730 Hans Herr Dr, Willow Street, PA 17584
Lebanon County Area Vocational Technical School 833 Metro Dr, Lebanon, PA 17042
Lehigh Carbon Community College 4525 Education Park Dr, Schnecksville, PA 18078
Luzerne County Community College 1333 South Prospect Street, Nanticoke, PA 18634
New Castle School of Trades 4177 Pulaksi Road, New Castle, PA 16101
Northampton County Area Community College 3835 Green Pond Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18020
Orleans Technical Institute 2770 Red Lion Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114
Penn Commercial Business/Technical School 242 Oak Spring Road, Washington, PA 15301
Pennco Tech 3815 Otter St, Bristol, PA 19007
Pennsylvania College of Technology One College Ave, Williamsport, PA 17701
Reading Area Community College 10 S Second St, Reading, PA 19603
Rosedale Technical College 215 Beecham Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Somerset County Technology Center 281 Technology Dr, Somerset, PA 15501
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology 750 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602
Triangle Tech Inc 2000 Liberty St, Erie, PA 16502
Triangle Tech Inc 1940 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
Triangle Tech Inc 222 E Pittsburgh St Ste A, Greensburg, PA 15601
Triangle Tech Inc 225 Tannery Row Road, Falls Creek, PA 15840
Triangle Tech Inc 191 Performance Road, Sunbury, PA 17801
Triangle Tech Inc 3184 Airport Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Westmoreland County Community College 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, PA 15697
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Become a Journeyman


The journeyman licenses are managed by Allentown Building Standards and Safety Department and require:

  • 21 years of age
  • Experience of 4 years
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Pass the journeyman test
  • Submit an application

The exam in this county lasts for 4 hours, is open-book, includes 80 questions and the passing score is at least 70%.

You can get a certification by reciprocity if you are a resident of the City of Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Kutztown, Reading, Scranton or Connecticut.

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia

These regions do not provide journeyman licenses, but you will still be expected to have the required apprenticeship experience.

Become an Independent Electrical Contractor

To run your own company, you will need an independent contractor license.


Licenses are handled by the Allentown Building Standards and Safety Department and require:

  • Candidates must be 21 years old
  • An experience of 4 years
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Application form
  • Pass the exam

The test has a duration of 5 hours, has 100 questions, and is open-book.

You will need a 70% exam score to pass.


The certifications are handled by The Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

The certification requirements are:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Photo ID
  • Take the test
  • Meet the experience criteria:
  • 2 years of experience
  • A 2-year diploma
  • 10 years of experience in another state or county
  • 10 years of experience in the county
  • $300,000 general liability insurance
  • Pay city taxes

The exam has 100 questions, is open-book, lasts for 5 hours and it requires a 70% passing score.


The certifications are handled by the Business Services Department of Philadelphia.

The requirements are:

  • An experience of 4 years
  • $500,000 – general liability insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation, and car insurance
  • Tax Clearance Forms
  • An application
  • Take the exam

The exam lasts for 5 hours, requires a 70% passing score and is open book.


In Pennsylvania, the median salaries are generally higher than the national average for electricians, though experience plays a big part in how much these professionals earn.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Philadelphia $52,251
Pittsburgh $47,912
Allentown $48,496
Erie $44,930
Reading $48,248
Upper Darby $52,251
Scranton $44,896
Bensalem $54,932
Lancaster $47,654
Abington $52,212

Regional Salary in Pennsylvania

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ1,240$74,140$35.65$127,370$42,550
Altoona, PA130$58,330$28.04$90,370$36,580
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA60$54,680$26.29$73,960$38,110
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA110$59,870$28.79$88,260$37,980
East Stroudsburg, PA190$61,730$29.68$96,440$39,740
Erie, PA330$58,790$28.26$84,560$36,730
Gettysburg, PA100$57,730$27.76$77,640$36,350
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA930$67,110$32.27$94,810$38,450
Johnstown, PA130$64,680$31.1$108,340$38,390
Lancaster, PA1,230$68,520$32.94$121,010$38,700
Lebanon, PA250$66,870$32.15$92,970$43,490
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD10,070$79,770$38.35$133,000$43,960
Pittsburgh, PA4,210$71,030$34.15$103,610$40,570
Reading, PA690$69,790$33.55$95,940$41,380
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA920$69,130$33.23$102,290$37,270
State College, PA150$60,740$29.2$98,520$40,250
Williamsport, PA150$61,670$29.65$91,240$38,750
York-Hanover, PA710$69,150$33.25$119,490$37,840
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Electricians, OCC Code 47-2111, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

License Renewal

In Allentown, the journeyman and independent contractor licenses have to be renewed annually.

In Pittsburgh, the independent contractor license has to be renewed every year.

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