These Are The 10 Best States For Construction Workers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Missouri
  3. Washington
  4. Illinois
  5. Wyoming
  6. Indiana
  7. Iowa
  8. Ohio
  9. Michigan
  10. Wisconsin

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.

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How we determined the best states to be a construction worker

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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.

1. North Dakota

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,350
Average Annual Salary: $39,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,190
Average Experienced Salary: $56,450
Location Quotient: 2.2

2. Missouri

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 18,920
Average Annual Salary: $41,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,940
Average Experienced Salary: $67,510
Location Quotient: 1.08

3. Washington

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 20,250
Average Annual Salary: $44,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,760
Average Experienced Salary: $72,420
Location Quotient: 1.05

4. Illinois

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 32,560
Average Annual Salary: $52,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,070
Average Experienced Salary: $83,940
Location Quotient: 0.86

5. Wyoming

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,280
Average Annual Salary: $34,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,420
Average Experienced Salary: $46,430
Location Quotient: 1.8

6. Indiana

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 15,110
Average Annual Salary: $41,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,650
Average Experienced Salary: $67,670
Location Quotient: 0.8

7. Iowa

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 12,910
Average Annual Salary: $34,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,270
Average Experienced Salary: $50,540
Location Quotient: 1.31

8. Ohio

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 33,000
Average Annual Salary: $39,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,440
Average Experienced Salary: $60,250
Location Quotient: 0.97

9. Michigan

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 21,170
Average Annual Salary: $37,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,080
Average Experienced Salary: $56,910
Location Quotient: 0.79

10. Wisconsin

Best States For Labours

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,900
Average Annual Salary: $39,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,060
Average Experienced Salary: $60,660
Location Quotient: 0.78

There You Have It

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:

  1. Maine
  2. Vermont
  3. South Dakota

Detailed List Of The Best States For Labours

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 North Dakota $39,230 $27,190 6,350
2 Missouri $41,310 $21,940 18,920
3 Washington $44,370 $25,760 20,250
4 Illinois $52,140 $24,070 32,560
5 Wyoming $34,310 $24,420 3,280
6 Indiana $41,250 $22,650 15,110
7 Iowa $34,510 $22,270 12,910
8 Ohio $39,370 $22,440 33,000
9 Michigan $37,750 $22,080 21,170
10 Wisconsin $39,880 $24,060 13,900
11 Nevada $41,020 $22,670 8,090
12 Montana $35,960 $21,940 4,070
13 Alaska $46,760 $29,000 3,330
14 Minnesota $44,380 $24,460 10,200
15 Kansas $33,190 $20,970 9,280
16 West Virginia $32,490 $18,650 8,560
17 New Jersey $49,440 $24,570 23,950
18 Pennsylvania $37,740 $20,830 35,730
19 Massachusetts $52,120 $28,360 16,960
20 Kentucky $33,720 $20,710 8,740
21 Texas $29,260 $20,090 101,250
22 Oklahoma $29,360 $19,960 12,220
23 New York $47,730 $22,730 58,700
24 Louisiana $30,440 $18,970 16,950
25 Colorado $32,610 $21,430 20,630
26 Mississippi $27,640 $19,560 7,110
27 Utah $29,760 $18,990 12,580
28 Tennessee $29,180 $20,400 16,680
29 Arizona $31,130 $20,070 17,620
30 New Mexico $28,320 $20,450 10,000
31 Georgia $28,690 $17,420 33,450
32 Idaho $28,810 $18,360 4,970
33 Delaware $33,270 $24,130 1,950
34 Connecticut $43,080 $26,810 6,900
35 Rhode Island $40,370 $22,610 2,510
36 South Carolina $29,990 $18,970 14,310
37 Hawaii $52,200 $27,150 4,850
38 Oregon $36,830 $21,920 10,550
39 California $42,100 $23,280 87,530
40 Nebraska $28,690 $20,380 3,400
41 Arkansas $25,160 $17,120 7,490
42 Florida $28,030 $19,070 51,270
43 Alabama $27,460 $18,720 7,810
44 Virginia $29,160 $19,250 20,710
45 Maryland $32,410 $20,680 19,160
46 North Carolina $26,820 $18,080 18,690
47 New Hampshire $33,430 $22,640 2,860
48 South Dakota $28,200 $20,680 1,710
49 Vermont $32,500 $22,330 1,470
50 Maine $30,230 $21,160 2,560

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