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Highest Paying Industries for Construction Trades Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for construction trades workers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $69,940, tobacco manufacturing is the highest paying industry for construction trades workers. It is followed by colleges, universities, and professional schools - local government owned industry (average annual salary $69,920). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of construction trades workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Construction Trades Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Tobacco Manufacturing
$69,940
460
2 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$69,920
180
3 Scheduled Air Transportation
$69,240
n/a
4 Air Transportation
$68,910
n/a
5 Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$68,380
70
6 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$68,320
6,060
7 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$67,900
60
8 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$67,150
50
9 Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance
$67,090
40
10 Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
$67,010
50
11 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$66,140
1,780
12 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$65,540
1,220
13 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$65,470
5,670
14 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$65,280
9,840
15 Beverage Manufacturing
$64,500
760
16 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$64,100
250
17 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$63,530
810
18 Insurance Carriers
$62,780
90
19 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$62,740
1,570
20 Scientific Research and Development Services
$62,740
1,570
21 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$62,520
50
22 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$61,450
1,010
23 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$61,130
50
24 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$61,030
190
25 Natural Gas Distribution
$60,520
8,940
26 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$60,250
210
27 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$60,110
5,020
28 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$60,110
5,020
29 Newspaper Publishers
$59,910
200
30 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$59,900
2,150
31 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$59,880
210
32 Spectator Sports
$59,280
660
33 Utilities
$59,180
22,880
34 Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$58,730
340
35 Postal Service (federal government)
$58,020
160
36 Paper Manufacturing
$57,990
2,990
37 Rail Transportation
$57,960
6,170
38 Finance and Insurance
$57,910
260
39 Information
$57,740
6,720
40 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$57,500
380
41 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$57,390
130
42 Household Appliance Manufacturing
$57,290
710
43 Animal Food Manufacturing
$57,230
200
44 Chemical Manufacturing
$57,160
4,080
45 Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$56,490
110
46 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$56,460
4,270
47 Hospitals - Local government owned
$56,270
1,380
48 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$56,170
1,370
49 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$56,160
4,920
50 Security Systems Services
$55,890
1,170
51 Grain and Oilseed Milling
$55,870
460
52 Investigation and Security Services
$55,730
1,180
53 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$55,690
260
54 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$55,550
70
55 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$55,150
80
56 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$54,930
850
57 Department Stores
$54,830
90
58 General Merchandise Stores
$54,830
90
59 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$54,530
540
60 Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
$54,430
360
61 Casino Hotels
$54,190
1,740
62 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$53,860
410
63 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$53,820
1,050
64 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$53,800
260
65 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$53,660
1,490
66 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$53,630
1,320
67 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$53,360
130
68 Federal government, including USPS
$53,320
23,170
69 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$53,310
23,020
70 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$53,250
440
71 Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
$53,080
1,070
72 Transportation and Warehousing
$53,040
13,260
73 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,860
4,410
74 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$52,810
9,750
75 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$52,710
37,630
76 Other Food Manufacturing
$52,590
400
77 Educational Services - Privately owned
$52,340
7,320
78 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$51,940
6,220
79 Coal Mining
$51,810
14,300
80 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$51,790
860
81 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$51,720
330
82 Food Manufacturing
$51,600
4,270
83 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$51,580
10,150
84 Hospitals - Privately owned
$51,510
8,610
85 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$51,460
11,300
86 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$51,440
5,110
87 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$51,330
8,250
88 Printing and Related Support Activities
$51,180
330
89 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$51,070
350
90 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$51,040
550
91 Automobile Dealers
$50,950
n/a
92 Educational Support Services
$50,920
590
93 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$50,820
370
94 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$50,790
1,350
95 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$50,420
5,650
96 Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$50,280
1,330
97 Offices of Physicians
$50,270
120
98 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$50,230
3,230
99 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$50,150
230
100 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$50,110
580