These Are The Best Blue Collar Jobs In Michigan

We combed through the data to identify the profession in Michigan that pays well for the common man.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

Ever wonder what the best job available to the every man is? You know, the job that doesn’t require a PHD, 20 years of work experience, or even a college degree.

We had that same burning desire to know more about the best blue collar jobs still available in Michigan.

We decided to go directly to the source, The Bureau of Labor Statistics, to identify which jobs don’t require a college degree, pay well, and offer a pretty good work-life balance.

After scrounging through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we discovered that Electrical and Electronics Drafters have the best blue collar gig in Michigan.

How we determined the best blue collar jobs in Michigan

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 735 job classifications in Michigan in order to identify those that get paid the most, don’t require a college degree, and don’t have years of experience required.

Check out the table below for the whole list of the best blue collar jobs in Michigan.

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Detailed List Of The Best Blue Collar Jobs In Michigan

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Electrical and Electronics Drafters $54,810 $32,140 420
2 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $54,780 $32,700 5,590
3 Mechanical Drafters $54,770 $31,460 3,970
4 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators $54,580 $30,670 4,620
5 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians $54,530 $32,300 4,810
6 Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture $53,220 $22,420 340
7 Industrial Engineering Technicians $53,000 $32,050 4,520
8 Legal Support Workers, All Other $52,850 $30,790 810
9 Construction and Building Inspectors $52,840 $28,460 1,970
10 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators $52,320 $34,540 90
11 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians $52,100 $29,130 2,760
12 Tool and Die Makers $52,100 $33,080 12,200
13 Tapers $52,080 $31,340 100
14 Geological and Petroleum Technicians $52,050 $27,210 210
15 Surveyors $51,910 $28,140 1,090
16 Brickmasons and Blockmasons $51,510 $30,000 1,810
17 Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic $51,380 $29,880 170
18 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers $51,270 $29,260 5,930
19 Industrial Machinery Mechanics $51,220 $31,570 15,390
20 Postal Service Mail Carriers $51,120 $34,640 11,490
21 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors $51,050 $28,390 180
22 Riggers $51,000 $29,660 640
23 Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic $50,830 $35,080 370
24 First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers $50,620 $26,220 320
25 Postal Service Clerks $50,530 $32,520 2,690
26 Structural Iron and Steel Workers $50,390 $31,880 1,220
27 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators $50,380 $32,520 3,590
28 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic $49,580 $33,530 1,790
29 Automotive Body and Related Repairers $49,410 $26,030 5,520
30 Computer User Support Specialists $49,370 $26,840 19,760
31 Painters, Transportation Equipment $49,330 $26,930 1,510
32 Sheet Metal Workers $49,260 $28,640 3,510
33 Patternmakers, Wood $49,210 $27,440 110
34 Airfield Operations Specialists $49,080 $26,920 400
35 Commercial Divers $49,070 $34,250 110
36 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand $48,750 $26,860 4,910
37 Civil Engineering Technicians $48,680 $32,540 1,960
38 Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers $48,600 $33,280 130
39 Correctional Officers and Jailers $48,560 $35,470 9,710
40 Traffic Technicians $48,160 $39,730 60
41 Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers $48,090 $30,120 990
42 Architectural and Civil Drafters $48,050 $33,430 1,930
43 Engine and Other Machine Assemblers $48,020 $26,910 2,520
44 Environmental Engineering Technicians $47,890 $29,960 330
45 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines $47,680 $30,970 2,440
46 Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers $47,620 $28,180 1,330
47 Bridge and Lock Tenders $47,310 $25,850 150
48 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators $47,260 $32,370 6,450
49 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers $47,040 $28,220 7,900
50 Glaziers $46,830 $28,710 1,200

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