Construction is one of the most common industries in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as construction workers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since construction workers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where construction workers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for construction workers. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s construction workers:
So there you have it — North Dakota is the best of the best when it comes to being a construction workers.
How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for construction workers and for more on the top ten states.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for construction workers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well construction workers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for construction workers in California is $42,100 and the average salary in Illinois is $52,140, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for construction workers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for construction workers.
Total Jobs: 6,350
Average Annual Salary: $39,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,190
Average Experienced Salary: $56,450
Location Quotient: 2.2
Total Jobs: 18,920
Average Annual Salary: $41,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,940
Average Experienced Salary: $67,510
Location Quotient: 1.08
Total Jobs: 20,250
Average Annual Salary: $44,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,760
Average Experienced Salary: $72,420
Location Quotient: 1.05
Total Jobs: 32,560
Average Annual Salary: $52,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,070
Average Experienced Salary: $83,940
Location Quotient: 0.86
Total Jobs: 3,280
Average Annual Salary: $34,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,420
Average Experienced Salary: $46,430
Location Quotient: 1.8
Total Jobs: 15,110
Average Annual Salary: $41,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,650
Average Experienced Salary: $67,670
Location Quotient: 0.8
Total Jobs: 12,910
Average Annual Salary: $34,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,270
Average Experienced Salary: $50,540
Location Quotient: 1.31
Total Jobs: 33,000
Average Annual Salary: $39,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,440
Average Experienced Salary: $60,250
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 21,170
Average Annual Salary: $37,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,080
Average Experienced Salary: $56,910
Location Quotient: 0.79
Total Jobs: 13,900
Average Annual Salary: $39,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,060
Average Experienced Salary: $60,660
Location Quotient: 0.78
If you’re looking to start out your career as a construction worker these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a construction worker in America: