Veterans may be eligible for educational benefits while working their way through the apprenticeship program.
Wages and Benefits
The California-Nevada Power Lineman Apprenticeship is an ‘EARN while you LEARN’ program.
Being treated as a full-time employee not only assures you of an adequate wage, but also provides a range of benefits associated with full-time employment.
Wages As an apprentice, your pay rate is calculated as a percentage of the journeyman lineman’s rate. With each advancement (one step every six months and 1,000 OJT hours), you can receive a pay raise on your way to earning 100% of a journeyman lineman’s rate. Once you achieve journeyman status, your pay is based on established national standards. The apprenticeship is broken down into seven steps, of 1,000 hours and 6 months per step. Each step marks the apprentice’s progression through their apprenticeship.
The breakdown is outlined below:
Current Journeyman Wage for California: $59.14 (as of 6-1-2020)
Current Journeyman Wage for Nevada: $51.44 (as of 6-1-2020)
1st Step 1000 hours 60% of Journeyman Wage 2nd Step 2000 hours 65% of Journeyman Wage 3rd Step 3000 hours 70% of Journeyman Wage 4th Step 4000 hours 75% of Journeyman Wage 5th Step 5000 hours 80% of Journeyman Wage 6th Step 6000 hours 85% of Journeyman Wage 7th Step 7000 hours 90% of Journeyman Wage
In addition to great wages, you will also receive a variety of benefits for you and your family.
Medical Insurance As an apprentice or journeyman lineman, you’ll receive health insurance benefits for yourself and your dependent family, including health, dental and vision insurance. This insurance is provided 100% by the electrical industry and is not deducted from your paycheck. The health insurance plan provided allows you to see any doctor you wish, anywhere in the country.
Retirement Plans In a time when most companies are cutting back on retirement benefits, the journeyman lineman profession offers two outstanding retirement benefits to ensure you and your family of a secure financial future.
National Electrical Annuity Plan Under this plan, you will receive a retirement benefit of 15% to 25% of your gross pay, depending on your local union. This amount is paid by the electrical contractors and is not deducted from your paycheck.
National Electrical Benefit Fund This multi-employer defined benefit plan provides monthly contributions of 3% of gross pay for electrical workers associated with participating local unions of the IBEW. Journeymen and apprentices receive the benefit as part of their compensation package when they work for a contributing employer. Vesting in the fund takes just five years. Your benefit is secure once you have earned five service credits. Generally, you earn one service credit a year.
Because your apprenticeship is more than just on-the-job training, you earn college credit through Santiago Canyon College for your related and supplemental classroom instruction.