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Jun 02, 2023

There’s no question that our members’ wages and benefits are exceptionally better than their non-union counterparts.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics* the median weekly wage of construction workers in 2018 was:

Union = $ 1,210

Non-Union = $ 819

The reason for this nearly 50% difference is straightforward: it’s collective bargaining. Union members negotiate their wages, benefits, and working conditions.

How do you negotiate a wage increase?

Some construction workers can secure an above-average wage. The question is: who sets the average? The average salary is higher in an area where union density is high. Are you getting an above-average rate or below-average compensation?

Local 153 members make $39.50 per hour; $1,580 per week; $82,000 per year; working 40 hours a week!

Benefits Local 153 members enjoy are in addition to this pay!

Don’t let this be you!

Electrician training is generally the same from state to state. That being said, electricians have the same skill level from coast to coast. However, the wage and benefit rates are drastically different between areas. The reason for the difference is union density. The cost of living in any area has much less influence on wages than union density.


IBEW Local 153
56475 Peppermint Rd
South Bend, IN 46619

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