- Average yearly salary: $57,067 ($27.44 hourly)
--- Plumbers: $55,800 ($26.83 hourly)
--- HVAC technician: $56,767 ($27.29 hourly)
--- Electrician: $58,633 ($28.19 hourly)
In Washington, in particular, tradespeople earn higher salaries because of massive worker shortages. One plumbing company owner told a local news station that finding qualified, able employees has gotten more difficult since the onset of the coronavirus despite the fact that his company provides on-the-job training and requires no previous work experience. Plumbers aren’t the only home service professionals who fare well in the state, either: the U.S. Department of Labor projects that HVAC technician jobs will increase by 15.6%, or 1,130 openings each year, over the next decade.
While the cost of living in the state is in the top 20 in the nation, HVAC technicians in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area are the seventh-highest paid of any metropolitan area in the U.S. and electricians in the Mount Vernon-Anacortes area are the fourth-highest paid. Mukilteo, Everet, and Tacoma are particularly good places for HVAC technicians, as demonstrated by their higher-than-average hourly wages, which are well above $30. Similarly, Kent and Renton, Washington, are offering over $40 an hour for electricians, with the ability to earn up to $10,000 a year in overtime.