It pays to work union.

Far more than “having a job,” being an IBEW electrician means having a career with a great wage, health insurance, pension and opportunity for advancement. You deserve the best wages and benefits the industry has to offer.

We think you’re worth it.

Congratulations, you have just taken the first step towards beginning a rewarding career in the electrical construction industry as an IBEW electrician.  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 236 and the Albany Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association are co-sponsors of the Tri-City JATC, the Capital Region organization that has been training men and women to become highly skilled Electricians since 1979.

The Tri-City JATC’s electrical apprenticeship program is a five year, earn while you learn program that combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training to train electricians that we here at the IBEW are proud to call our members.  There are many types of construction projects in our region and whether you are working in a school, in a hospital or in one of the “clean rooms” at one of the cutting edge facilities for the rapidly growing semiconductor industry, you will be receiving paid health benefits, a pension, and wages with guaranteed raises as you progress through the program.   To learn more about this opportunity and to apply online, please follow the link to the Tri-City JATC website:

Welcome from the IBEW Local 236 Membership Development Team

Let me introduce you to IBEW, Local Union No. 236 and to the benefits that we can provide to you as someone who works in the electrical construction industry.  The IBEW is an organization that represents over 750,000 employees in the electrical industry throughout the United States and Canada.  Over 300,000 of those members are, like you, working in the electrical construction industry.

IBEW Local 236 represents over 1500 members in a thirteen county jurisdiction surrounding the capital of New York State and supplies skilled electricians to over 100 signatory contractors that perform work in this jurisdiction.  In 2015, a local trade publication listed the top electrical contractors in the Capital Region, and eight out of the top ten contractors on that list are Local 236 signatory contractors.  These contractors rely on Local 236 electricians to perform their work, which varies from light commercial work to highly technical work in the rapidly growing semiconductor industry.  Being a member of Local 236 gives you the opportunity to work for any of these industry leaders, alongside some of the Capital Region’s best electricians, while sharing the benefits of belonging to a Union.

How can IBEW Local 236 help you?

Being a Local 236 Journeyman Wireman ensures you receive the following:

  • Top Compensation…..on all jobs, not just prevailing wage projects.
  • Healthcare Benefits
  • Pension Benefits
  • An Annuity Plan
  • Continuous Training Opportunities
  • Safety Training and a Safe Worksite
  • A Collective Bargaining Agreement and Union Representation to settle workplace disputes.

Wages and Benefits

Journeyman Wireman (updated June 1, 2024)

Hourly Rate $48.00
*Health Insurance $14.39 per hour
*Local Pension $11.44 per hour
*NEBF 3% (Pension) $1.44 per hour
*Annuity $3.89 per hour
*JATC (Training) $0.93 per hour
Total Package $80.25

*Employer Contributions

1st – 5th Year Apprentice Wireman Hourly Rates

$19.20 to $38.40 per hour plus benefits

IBEW Local 236 members working with Union Employers are provided fringe benefits unmatched by other employers.  Health Insurance benefits along with defined benefit retirement plans provide security for you and your family during your working years and beyond.  These benefits allow you to enjoy a dignified retirement following a productive career in the electrical industry.  All pensions are based on the retirement age of 62, although you can retire at the age of 55 with a reduced rate.

Health Insurance

The health insurance account is a health reimbursement account (HRA) in your name.  For every hour worked, your employer will contribute funds to your HRA.  At the end of each month, the health insurance premium is deducted from your HRA.

IBEW Local 236 Pension – 5 Years Vesting

The current Local 236 pension rate is $105.00 per month, per credit.  One credit equals 1,600 hours worked for a Journeyman Wireman, with portions of a credit acquired during time as an Apprentice.

Pension Credits* Monthly Income
Five Years $525.00
Ten Years $1,050.00
Fifteen Years $1,575.00
Twenty Years $2,100.00
Thirty Years $3,150.00

*Pension credits based on 1,600 hours worked per year.

NEBF (National Electric Benefit Fund)

The current NEBF pension rate is $32.00 per month per year of service.

Length of Service Monthly Income
Five Years $160.00
Ten Years $320.00
Fifteen Years $480.00
Twenty Years $640.00
Thirty Years $960.00

IBEW Local Union 236 Annuity Fund

The annuity fund is a fund that allows you to accumulate tax-deferred funds for retirement and then, if you desire receive a guaranteed income payable for life or for a specified period.  The current Local 236 annuity contribution rate is $3.89 per hour.

International Pension

The current International Pension rate is $5.50 per month per year of service.

Length of Service Monthly Income*
Twenty Years $110.00
Twenty-five Years $137.50
Thirty Years $165.00

*Must be a member in good standing for twenty years or have reached the age of 65 to be eligible.

The Truth About Union Dues

Dues are a common misconception and in order for any organization to survive, it must have an income. Just as most of us pay to belong to a sportsman’s association, social club, or give to our church, we as workers pay a small amount to our union so we can continue to receive the benefits of being a union member.

Monthly dues in the amount of $45.80 are collected and used to finance your International Pension Plan and a death benefit.  Working dues, 1%-4% of your gross pay depending upon classification, are withheld when working and are tax deductible.

Ask yourself these three questions

1. Am I being paid what I am worth?

2. Do I have adequate benefits (health insurance, retirement)?

3. Am I happy working for this employer?

If you answered NO to just one of these questions, contact the IBEW Local 236 Membership Development Team to discuss career opportunities with the IBEW.


Kevin Fuller:
Chris Lambert:
Or call (518) 783-9957

About IBEW Local 236

IBEW Local 236 provides electrical contractors throughout the Capital Region with highly-skilled, residential, commercial, industrial electricians; state registered apprentices and tele-data technicians.  We also provide continuous industry upgrade training for current electricians.  With it’s numerous classifications of electrical workers, Local 236 can help electrical contractors maintain competitive crew costs and increased profitability.

Being an IBEW Local 236 contractor you will receive a commitment to productivity, profit and value.

Key Benefits

  • Continuous Training Opportunities – National Electrical Code Courses, OSHA 10/30 Training, Medium/High Voltage Certification Courses, Grounding, Fire Alarm, Motor Control, Building Automation and Green Technologies to name a few.
  • Numerous classifications of workers including Construction Wireman, Construction Electricians, Journeyman Wireman, Apprentices and Tele-Data Technicians
  • Access to unlimited, skilled electricians at competitive rates
  • Access to New York State certified apprentices
  • No cost advertising when seeking electricians
  • Seamless transition of your current workforce

Cost Savings

  • Benefits Administration – Local 236’s Funds Office will administer all of your electricians’ benefits at no cost to you.
  • Labor Savings – Becoming an IBEW signatory contractor, you have the ability to lower your overall labor costs by hiring New York State registered apprentices through the Tri-City Joint Apprenticeship Training Center.  The Tri-City JATC is a New York State certified apprenticeship program that is responsible for training IBEW Local 236’s highly skilled electricians.
  • Free industry training for your existing electricians.
  • Ability to increase or decrease electricians as needed – no more carrying skilled electricians waiting for the next project to begin.
  • Ability to properly staff all of your projects – no more turning work away because you cannot find skilled electricians.
  • Hiring Savings – Eliminate time and money spent on searching for and interviewing applicants by hiring skilled electricians and foremen through our hiring hall.  This allows you more time to secure more work for your company.

What’s Next?

We would like the opportunity to answer any questions or concerns you may have about IBEW Local 236 with a short meeting to show you our commitment.  We would like to hear your input as an electrical contractor and your honest opinion.  We know we have to prove ourselves before anything else.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to read this, and hope to have the opportunity to demonstrate how IBEW Local 236 can be an effective, value-added tool to your company.

Feel free to contact the Local 236 Business Development Team to discuss the benefits of being an IBEW Local 236 signatory contractor.

Telephone: (518) 783-9957
Daniel Dudley:
Kevin Fuller:
Christopher Lambert: