The 10 States With The Highest Construction Worker Salaries For 2022

By Chris Kolmar - Apr. 11, 2022

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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.

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 construction worker salaries:

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

To better understand how construction worker 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.

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

How we determined construction worker pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for construction workers from the 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 $52790, so our index value would be:

$52,790 * (100 / 135.9) = $38,844

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.

Detailed List Of Construction Worker Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $65,465 $61,930 94.6
2 Missouri $55,608 $50,270 90.4
3 Washington $51,853 $54,550 105.2
4 Ohio $51,236 $48,060 93.8
5 Indiana $50,424 $45,130 89.5
6 New Jersey $49,942 $60,880 121.9
7 Minnesota $49,682 $50,080 100.8
8 Michigan $47,831 $42,570 89.0
9 Wisconsin $47,024 $45,520 96.8
10 Pennsylvania $46,893 $47,550 101.4
11 Iowa $46,219 $42,060 91.0
12 New York $46,114 $60,410 131.0
13 North Dakota $45,191 $44,920 99.4
14 Massachusetts $44,445 $59,290 133.4
15 Rhode Island $44,266 $53,430 120.7
16 Kentucky $43,624 $39,480 90.5
17 Nebraska $42,838 $39,240 91.6
18 Montana $42,807 $43,150 100.8
19 Wyoming $42,233 $38,770 91.8
20 Nevada $41,974 $43,360 103.3
21 Utah $41,924 $38,990 93.0
22 Kansas $41,457 $37,270 89.9
23 Tennessee $41,286 $36,910 89.4
24 Arizona $41,020 $40,200 98.0
25 West Virginia $40,396 $37,730 93.4
26 Oregon $40,224 $46,500 115.6
27 Idaho $40,162 $36,990 92.1
28 Oklahoma $39,921 $35,610 89.2
29 Texas $39,525 $35,850 90.7
30 Delaware $39,516 $40,070 101.4
31 Alaska $39,305 $51,530 131.1
32 Colorado $39,036 $40,520 103.8
33 California $38,844 $52,790 135.9
34 Connecticut $38,582 $49,270 127.7
35 Georgia $38,391 $35,090 91.4
36 Arkansas $38,163 $33,240 87.1
37 Louisiana $37,805 $35,840 94.8
38 Mississippi $37,683 $32,370 85.9
39 North Carolina $37,156 $34,890 93.9
40 Florida $36,500 $35,880 98.3
41 South Carolina $36,250 $35,960 99.2
42 New Mexico $36,113 $34,850 96.5
43 New Hampshire $35,829 $41,920 117.0
44 Alabama $35,592 $32,460 91.2
45 Virginia $35,396 $35,680 100.8
46 Hawaii $35,265 $59,210 167.9
47 Maine $34,747 $38,500 110.8
48 Vermont $34,087 $41,280 121.1
49 South Dakota $33,953 $35,210 103.7
50 Maryland $31,059 $38,980 125.5

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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