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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Construction and Extraction Occupations

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Construction and Extraction Occupations

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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Construction and Extraction Occupations

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers in the field of Construction and Extraction Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the following five jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Construction and Extraction Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

Elevator Installers and Repairers $67,950

Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

Industries:

Building Equipment Contractors: $68,410
Local Government (OES Designation): $67,870
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers: $74,260
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers: $68,570
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $62,400

Top Paying:

Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers: $74,260
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers: $68,570
Building Equipment Contractors: $68,410
Local Government (OES Designation): $67,870
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $62,400

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

New York: $73,340
Hawaii: $78,670
Maryland: $64,810
Georgia: $58,850
Ohio: $68,770

Top Paying:

California: $85,740
Michigan: $85,680
Nevada: $85,310
Wisconsin: $83,920
Washington: $82,690

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL: $56,610
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $71,750
Honolulu, HI: $78,520
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division: $68,490
Baltimore-Towson, MD: $64,130

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Sacramento, Arden, Arcade, Roseville, CA: $114,970 
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $90,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division: $88,240
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division: $85,140
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: $82,690

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers $61,730

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

Industries:

Nonresidential Building Construction: $65,330
Building Equipment Contractors: $66,660
Residential Building Construction: $58,580
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors: $58,510
Building Finishing Contractors: $58,270

Top Paying:

Electronics and Appliance Stores: $86,290
Motion Picture and Video Industries: $80,690
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers: $79,030
Other Pipeline Transportation: $75,080
Performing Arts Companies: $74,080

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Wyoming: $62,410
Nevada: $72,780
New Mexico: $55,020
North Carolina: $50,540
Texas: $55,880

Top Paying:

Alaska: $86,560
Illinois: $75,240
California: $74,500
Hawaii: $73,980
New York: $73,090

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Grand Junction, CO: $67,280
Farmington, NM: $68,850
Pascagoula, MS: $62,580
Odessa, TX: $66,160
Longview, TX: $48,430

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $88,010
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $86,650
Anchorage, AK: $86,250
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $86,070
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: $81,690
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Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas $59,560

Set up or operate a variety of drills to remove petroleum products from the earth and to find and remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.

Industries:

Support Activities for Mining: $58,930
Oil and Gas Extraction: $64,520
Other Specialty Trade Contractors: $50,040
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $36,970
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing: $46,700

Top Paying:

Oil and Gas Extraction: $64,520
Support Activities for Mining: $58,930
Other Specialty Trade Contractors: $50,040
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing: $46,700
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $36,970

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Wyoming: $65,150
Oklahoma: $50,540
Alaska: $76,210
New Mexico: $52,460
Texas: $72,630

Top Paying:

Alaska: $76,210
Texas: $72,630
New York: $71,000
North Dakota: $69,980 
Wyoming: $65,150

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Grand Junction, CO: $55,450
Casper, WY: $54,940
Odessa, TX: $72,140
Farmington, NM: $48,270

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Tyler, TX: $79,640
Odessa, TX: $72,140
Anchorage, AK: $70,690
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA: $70,050 
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA: $64,560

Boilermakers $56,680

Construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Employees direct the cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.

Industries:

Nonresidential Building Construction: $59,490
Building Equipment Contractors: $57,900
Utility System Construction: $55,380
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing: $50,050
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance: $59,700

Top Paying:

Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing: $63,240
Other Specialty Trade Contractors: $61,700
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance: $59,700
Nonresidential Building Construction: $59,490
Local Government (OES Designation): $58,580

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

West Virginia: $67,550
Indiana: $57,070
Kentucky: $48,640

Top Paying:

Alaska: $71,710
California: $69,620
West Virginia: $67,550
Minnesota: $63,540
Illinois: $62,930

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Evansville, IN-KY: $61,230
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division: $58,010
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX: $47,180
Akron, OH: $70,730
Baton Rouge, LA: $51,790

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $74,540
Kansas City, MO-KS: $74,180 
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $72,910
Akron, OH: $70,730
St. Louis, MO-IL: $70,660

Construction and Building Inspectors $53,550

Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.

Industries:

Local Government (OES Designation): $53,800
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $52,450
State Government (OES Designation): $48,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $65,670
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $61,260
 
Top paying:
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation: $71,610
Employment Services: $68,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $65,670
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution: $65,360
Elementary and Secondary Schools: $64,660

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Copyright Information: “The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a Federal government agency and everything that we publish, both in hard copy and electronically, is in the public domain, except for previously copyrighted photographs and illustrations. You are free to use our public domain material without specific permission, although we do ask that you cite the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the source.” 

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