Percentage of Uninsured Electrical Workers Far Below the Rest of Construction

Percentage of uninsured workers by occupation

Nationally, the average rate of full-time employees working without health insurance is 11.7 percent, but many construction professions have rates three, four or five times that amount, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data from career website Zippia. Electrical-related professions are one of the few exceptions, faring far better with uninsured rates between 2—14 percent.

Across different fields of construction, the rate of uninsured workers range between 35—51 percent, earning the construction industry 11 out of the top 20 professions with the highest rates of uninsured workers. Roofers, with an uninsured rate of 50.5 percent, drywall installers with 49.5 and plasterers with 49.1 percent held the top three spots.

Electrical work (alongside highway maintenance and professions related to mining and engineering) is a rare exception to these findings with most rates at or below the national average.

Percentage of Uninsured Workers - Electrical Professions

Electricians have one of the highest rate of uninsured workers at 13.7 percent, though it is one of the few electrical professions with a rate above the national average. Telecommunications line installers have a 10.8 percent uninsured rate, followed by telecommunication equipment installers and electrical power-line installers at 7 and 5 percent, respectively. Electrical and electronics repairers for transportation equipment, industrial and utility have a 2.9 percent uninsured rate and electronics engineers have the lowest share of uninsured workers at 2 percent.

About the Author

Hannah Fullmer

Associate Editor
Hannah Fullmer is the associate editor at ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. Contact her at hfullmer@necanet.org .

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