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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, median hourly earnings of electricians were $24.94 in May 2015 ($51,880 annually). Wages ranged from less than $15.10 ($31,410 annually) for the lowest paid 10 percent to more than $42.37 an hour ($88,130 annually) for the highest paid 10 percent. Beginning apprentices earn 40 to 50 percent of the base electrician's wage and receive periodic increases each year of their apprenticeship. 

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