The Best (and Worst) Paying Construction Trades

Learn which trades earn the most in construction,
where employment is expected grow by 10% through 2024.

EXPLORE THE STATISTICS BELOW

Top 10 Paying Construction Trades

Outside of supervisory positions, elevator installers are far and away the highest paid workers in construction.

#1

Elevator Installers and Repairers

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Elevator Installers and Repairers earn

$36.95/hr

#2

Boilermakers
 

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Boilermakers earn

$29.90/hr

#3

Pile-Driver Operators
 

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Pile-Driver Operators earn

$29.68/hr

The rest of the top 10:

4. Construction and Building Inspectors

$29.45

5. Electricians

$27.24

6. Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters & Structural Iron and Steel Workers

$26.94

7. Tapers

$25.86

8. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

$25.77

9. Brickmasons and Block Masons

$25.69

10. Mechanical Insulation Workers

$24.57

Bottom 10 Paying Construction Trades

Excluding helpers, the lowest paying construction trades are plasterers & stucco masons, construction laborers and paperhangers.

#1

Paperhangers

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Paperhangers earn

$17.53/hr

#2

Construction Laborers

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Construction Laborers earn

$18.22/hr

#3

Plasterers & Stucco Masons

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Plasterers and Stucco Masons earn

$18.70/hr

The rest of the bottom 10:

4. Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

$18.99

5. Painters

$19.96

6. Roofers

$20.23

7. Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles

$20.37

8. Solar Voltaic Installers

$20.43

9. Pipelayers

$20.61

10. Stonemasons

$20.98

Construction's Average Hourly Wage by State

On average, the top states for construction workers are

Alaska, Hawaii & Illinois

The national average hourly pay for all construction workers is

$23.51 per hour

The worst paying states are

Arkansas, South Dakota & North Carolina

See how each state fares when it comes to average hourly pay for construction workers. →

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