ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR is an award-winning, industry-leading magazine for the electrical construction sector. The magazine is published in print and online formats by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and is distributed to 80,000+ subscribers each month. Our audience consists of electrical contractor firm owners, engineers, estimators, purchasing agents, project managers, supervisors, journeymen and apprentice electricians. Our expert writers cover the latest updates in codes and standards, safety, tools, low-voltage, and more.

We’ve been publishing continuously since 1935—so we know a thing or two about the industry. And the demand for the latest industry stories hasn’t stopped.

We also offer two quarterly supplements geared to specific audiences within our subscriber base. Recognizing the vital role that safety plays in the industry, SAFETY LEADER brings readers important topics in safety leadership, codes and standards, PPE, workplace safety and more every February, May, August and November.

Started in 2021, LINE CONTRACTOR is published in March, June, September and December. It focuses on everything related to outside line construction, such as construction and maintenance, high-voltage transmission and distribution, substations, outside line safety and more.


ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR was first published in its current form in 1935, and in previous iterations since 1901. As long as NECA has been around, so has a magazine serving the whole electrical construction industry. The magazine first went online starting in 2000, and has since gone through several designs with hundreds of articles shared both online and in print ever since.

First cover of the National Electrical Contractor magazine, 1901

The first issue of NECA's first magazine, The National Electrical Contractor, published in 1901.


ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR is a free subscription for everyone in the electrical construction industry in the United States and Canada.

How do I subscribe?

You can subscribe by filling out our subscription form. You’ll need to complete a brief qualification process that determines that own or work for an electrical or low-voltage contractor firm.

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If your subscription didn’t go through, it probably means you didn’t qualify. Contact [email protected] if you need assistance with this.

Subscriptions must be renewed annually. Don’t worry—we’ll remind you when it’s time.


ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR has won numerous awards over the past several decades for business-to-business publications, including Tabbie, Ozzie, Eddie, Maggie, Folios, Apex, Clarion and EXCEL awards. Recent awards include:


  • Tabbie Award for Special Section or Issue
    Comments: Great issue and cover is eye-catching. Beautiful, clean, and sophisticated design throughout. A joy to read. Digital edition provides great navigation; top notch for readability. 
  • Tabbie Honorable Mention for best B2B website
  • EXCEL Award for the 2022 Media Kit

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  • Maggie Award for Best Non-Paid/Trade for June 2020
  • Tabbie Bronze Award for June 2020 cover
  • EXCEL Award for June 2020 cover

Advertising and Media Kit

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR offers many advertising opportunities. Please visit our media kit page where you can find details and contact information for our marketing representatives.


ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR is not open for submissions. Our editorial policy dictates that 100% of our editorial must be from paid contributing editors or staff writers. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR does not accept contributed articles.

However, if you would like to write for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, you may query Julie Mazur, managing editor.

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If you have any questions about any aspect of the magazine, please contact us.

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