These Are The 10 Best States For Construction Workers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Construction Workers are one of the most common jobs 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. Washington
  3. Missouri
  4. Illinois
  5. Iowa
  6. Wyoming
  7. Ohio
  8. Indiana
  9. Minnesota
  10. Michigan

So there you have it — Construction Laborers is the best of the best when it comes to being a construction worker.

How did Construction Laborers 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.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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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
  • Higher 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 2016:

  • 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 $44,220 and the average salary in Illinois is $56,180, 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 Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,380
Average Annual Salary: $39,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,880
Average Experienced Salary: $55,850
Location Quotient: 1.95

2. Washington

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 21,910
Average Annual Salary: $45,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,230
Average Experienced Salary: $73,930
Location Quotient: 1.1

3. Missouri

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 19,180
Average Annual Salary: $42,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,810
Average Experienced Salary: $68,900
Location Quotient: 1.07

4. Illinois

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 31,260
Average Annual Salary: $56,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,560
Average Experienced Salary: $90,020
Location Quotient: 0.82

5. Iowa

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,490
Average Annual Salary: $35,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,640
Average Experienced Salary: $52,250
Location Quotient: 1.35

6. Wyoming

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,070
Average Annual Salary: $34,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,590
Average Experienced Salary: $45,310
Location Quotient: 1.71

7. Ohio

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 35,090
Average Annual Salary: $39,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,850
Average Experienced Salary: $61,460
Location Quotient: 1.01

8. Indiana

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 16,920
Average Annual Salary: $38,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,200
Average Experienced Salary: $56,940
Location Quotient: 0.87

9. Minnesota

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,330
Average Annual Salary: $47,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,770
Average Experienced Salary: $75,330
Location Quotient: 0.62

10. Michigan

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 22,510
Average Annual Salary: $38,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,120
Average Experienced Salary: $57,080
Location Quotient: 0.82

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Construction Worker

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. South Dakota
  3. Vermont

Detailed List Of The Best States For construction workers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 North Dakota $39,730 $27,880 5,380
2 Washington $45,760 $27,230 21,910
3 Missouri $42,660 $22,810 19,180
4 Illinois $56,180 $26,560 31,260
5 Iowa $35,850 $23,640 13,490
6 Wyoming $34,210 $25,590 3,070
7 Ohio $39,940 $22,850 35,090
8 Indiana $38,630 $23,200 16,920
9 Minnesota $47,590 $26,770 11,330
10 Michigan $38,080 $23,120 22,510
11 Alaska $49,680 $32,540 2,820
12 Montana $37,570 $23,000 4,720
13 Kansas $33,880 $21,190 10,030
14 Wisconsin $41,450 $25,230 13,240
15 Nevada $39,320 $24,140 8,730
16 West Virginia $34,250 $19,750 7,400
17 New Jersey $50,030 $25,590 25,350
18 Massachusetts $53,750 $30,950 18,980
19 Pennsylvania $38,710 $22,370 38,180
20 Texas $30,400 $20,760 100,600
21 Georgia $32,640 $18,870 29,440
22 New York $48,080 $23,050 61,050
23 Kentucky $33,220 $20,570 9,880
24 Utah $30,790 $19,480 13,490
25 Colorado $34,370 $22,510 20,620
26 Mississippi $28,960 $20,230 6,380
27 Idaho $29,960 $19,350 5,800
28 Arizona $32,950 $21,440 16,240
29 Louisiana $31,350 $19,070 16,270
30 Rhode Island $42,540 $25,510 2,520
31 Connecticut $44,670 $29,740 7,320
32 Hawaii $56,180 $30,660 5,570
33 New Mexico $29,750 $21,040 9,480
34 Delaware $34,470 $24,240 1,920
35 Oklahoma $29,510 $19,840 9,880
36 Tennessee $29,640 $19,500 18,000
37 Oregon $37,720 $23,070 11,500
38 California $44,220 $25,290 92,250
39 South Carolina $29,770 $19,000 15,290
40 Nebraska $30,150 $20,830 3,270
41 Florida $29,120 $19,560 57,090
42 Arkansas $25,750 $17,820 7,500
43 Alabama $28,580 $19,240 7,560
44 New Hampshire $35,690 $23,630 3,310
45 Maryland $33,200 $20,240 19,120
46 Virginia $29,770 $19,650 21,370
47 North Carolina $28,080 $18,670 20,400
48 Vermont $33,150 $24,270 1,510
49 South Dakota $29,160 $21,410 1,740
50 Maine $31,050 $21,650 2,570

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