The 10 Best States For Construction Workers In 2019

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

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:

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 2018:

  • 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 $48,250 and the average salary in Illinois is $59,960, 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. Washington

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 28,980
Average Annual Salary: $48,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,490
Average Experienced Salary: $74,330
Location Quotient: 1.29

2. Missouri

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 20,020
Average Annual Salary: $47,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,250
Average Experienced Salary: $75,900
Location Quotient: 1.03

3. North Dakota

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,610
Average Annual Salary: $42,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,600
Average Experienced Salary: $56,880
Location Quotient: 1.6

4. Iowa

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 12,870
Average Annual Salary: $37,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,830
Average Experienced Salary: $52,110
Location Quotient: 1.21

5. Ohio

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 36,990
Average Annual Salary: $44,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,480
Average Experienced Salary: $68,120
Location Quotient: 0.99

6. Illinois

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 33,270
Average Annual Salary: $59,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,370
Average Experienced Salary: $98,120
Location Quotient: 0.8

7. Wyoming

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,110
Average Annual Salary: $36,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,680
Average Experienced Salary: $48,590
Location Quotient: 1.67

8. Indiana

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 22,080
Average Annual Salary: $38,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,730
Average Experienced Salary: $58,150
Location Quotient: 1.05

9. Michigan

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 24,500
Average Annual Salary: $39,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,270
Average Experienced Salary: $58,280
Location Quotient: 0.82

10. Minnesota

Best States For Construction Workers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 12,810
Average Annual Salary: $52,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,130
Average Experienced Salary: $78,720
Location Quotient: 0.65

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. South Dakota
  2. Maine
  3. Vermont

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For construction workers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $48,070 $29,490 28,980
2 Missouri $47,270 $26,250 20,020
3 North Dakota $42,000 $31,600 4,610
4 Iowa $37,510 $25,830 12,870
5 Ohio $44,030 $25,480 36,990
6 Illinois $59,960 $26,370 33,270
7 Wyoming $36,160 $25,680 3,110
8 Indiana $38,380 $22,730 22,080
9 Michigan $39,700 $25,270 24,500
10 Minnesota $52,150 $29,130 12,810
11 Kansas $35,600 $23,150 10,130
12 Alaska $51,470 $33,310 2,510
13 Wisconsin $43,900 $26,710 15,100
14 Pennsylvania $41,260 $25,070 41,280
15 West Virginia $36,450 $20,590 9,080
16 Louisiana $35,120 $22,310 20,710
17 Kentucky $36,150 $21,930 10,710
18 Massachusetts $52,780 $32,410 19,930
19 New Jersey $53,540 $26,290 23,900
20 Montana $37,330 $23,560 4,500
21 Texas $32,630 $22,470 111,250
22 Utah $33,680 $21,470 14,300
23 Arizona $36,000 $23,740 19,340
24 Connecticut $49,700 $32,040 8,200
25 Georgia $33,600 $20,690 32,910
26 New York $51,720 $25,590 63,020
27 Idaho $32,630 $20,890 7,060
28 Nebraska $34,660 $25,070 3,760
29 Nevada $37,100 $22,540 10,160
30 New Mexico $32,070 $22,790 9,370
31 Rhode Island $47,030 $27,240 2,580
32 Oregon $41,080 $26,990 12,390
33 Mississippi $30,410 $20,220 8,010
34 Tennessee $31,940 $20,480 20,180
35 Colorado $36,520 $23,460 20,910
36 California $48,250 $27,950 104,150
37 Hawaii $58,770 $32,990 5,110
38 Oklahoma $31,230 $20,800 9,160
39 Delaware $35,640 $25,070 1,870
40 South Carolina $31,090 $19,630 17,810
41 Alabama $32,000 $21,020 9,290
42 Florida $31,630 $20,600 68,430
43 New Hampshire $38,490 $26,980 3,050
44 Arkansas $29,070 $19,650 5,340
45 Virginia $31,950 $21,150 22,530
46 North Carolina $30,280 $19,970 24,910
47 Maryland $34,420 $22,510 19,900
48 Vermont $36,120 $27,140 1,630
49 Maine $32,950 $24,830 2,980
50 South Dakota $30,700 $22,720 1,580
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