The 10 States With The Highest Construction Worker Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do construction workers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for construction workers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for construction workers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for construction workers after this adjustment? That would be Construction Laborers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

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

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for construction workers from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $48250, so our index value would be:

$48,250 * (100 / 135.9) = $35,504

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for construction workers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Construction Worker Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $63,382 $59,960 94.6
2 Missouri $52,289 $47,270 90.4
3 Minnesota $51,736 $52,150 100.8
4 Ohio $46,940 $44,030 93.8
5 Washington $45,693 $48,070 105.2
6 Wisconsin $45,351 $43,900 96.8
7 Michigan $44,606 $39,700 89.0
8 New Jersey $43,921 $53,540 121.9
9 Indiana $42,882 $38,380 89.5
10 North Dakota $42,253 $42,000 99.4
11 Iowa $41,219 $37,510 91.0
12 Pennsylvania $40,690 $41,260 101.4
13 Kentucky $39,944 $36,150 90.5
14 Kansas $39,599 $35,600 89.9
15 Massachusetts $39,565 $52,780 133.4
16 New York $39,480 $51,720 131.0
17 Wyoming $39,389 $36,160 91.8
18 Alaska $39,260 $51,470 131.1
19 West Virginia $39,025 $36,450 93.4
20 Rhode Island $38,964 $47,030 120.7
21 Connecticut $38,919 $49,700 127.7
22 Nebraska $37,838 $34,660 91.6
23 Louisiana $37,046 $35,120 94.8
24 Montana $37,033 $37,330 100.8
25 Georgia $36,761 $33,600 91.4
26 Arizona $36,734 $36,000 98.0
27 Utah $36,215 $33,680 93.0
28 Texas $35,975 $32,630 90.7
29 Nevada $35,914 $37,100 103.3
30 Tennessee $35,727 $31,940 89.4
31 Oregon $35,536 $41,080 115.6
32 California $35,504 $48,250 135.9
33 Idaho $35,428 $32,630 92.1
34 Mississippi $35,401 $30,410 85.9
35 Colorado $35,183 $36,520 103.8
36 Delaware $35,147 $35,640 101.4
37 Alabama $35,087 $32,000 91.2
38 Oklahoma $35,011 $31,230 89.2
39 Hawaii $35,002 $58,770 167.9
40 Arkansas $33,375 $29,070 87.1
41 New Mexico $33,233 $32,070 96.5
42 New Hampshire $32,897 $38,490 117.0
43 North Carolina $32,247 $30,280 93.9
44 Florida $32,177 $31,630 98.3
45 Virginia $31,696 $31,950 100.8
46 South Carolina $31,340 $31,090 99.2
47 Vermont $29,826 $36,120 121.1
48 Maine $29,738 $32,950 110.8
49 South Dakota $29,604 $30,700 103.7
50 Maryland $27,426 $34,420 125.5
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