These Are The 10 Highest Construction Worker Salaries By State

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. Minnesota
  3. Missouri
  4. Washington
  5. Indiana
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Michigan
  8. Ohio
  9. New Jersey
  10. Massachusetts

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 2016 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 $44220, so our index value would be:

$44,220 * (100 / 135.9) = $32,538

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 $59,386 $56,180 94.6
2 Minnesota $47,212 $47,590 100.8
3 Missouri $47,190 $42,660 90.4
4 Washington $43,498 $45,760 105.2
5 Indiana $43,162 $38,630 89.5
6 Wisconsin $42,820 $41,450 96.8
7 Michigan $42,786 $38,080 89.0
8 Ohio $42,579 $39,940 93.8
9 New Jersey $41,041 $50,030 121.9
10 Massachusetts $40,292 $53,750 133.4
11 North Dakota $39,969 $39,730 99.4
12 Iowa $39,395 $35,850 91.0
13 Pennsylvania $38,175 $38,710 101.4
14 Nevada $38,063 $39,320 103.3
15 Alaska $37,894 $49,680 131.1
16 Kansas $37,686 $33,880 89.9
17 Montana $37,271 $37,570 100.8
18 Wyoming $37,265 $34,210 91.8
19 Kentucky $36,707 $33,220 90.5
20 New York $36,702 $48,080 131.0
21 West Virginia $36,670 $34,250 93.4
22 Georgia $35,711 $32,640 91.4
23 Rhode Island $35,244 $42,540 120.7
24 Connecticut $34,980 $44,670 127.7
25 Delaware $33,994 $34,470 101.4
26 Mississippi $33,713 $28,960 85.9
27 Arizona $33,622 $32,950 98.0
28 Texas $33,517 $30,400 90.7
29 Hawaii $33,460 $56,180 167.9
30 Tennessee $33,154 $29,640 89.4
31 Colorado $33,111 $34,370 103.8
32 Utah $33,107 $30,790 93.0
33 Oklahoma $33,082 $29,510 89.2
34 Louisiana $33,069 $31,350 94.8
35 Nebraska $32,914 $30,150 91.6
36 Oregon $32,629 $37,720 115.6
37 California $32,538 $44,220 135.9
38 Idaho $32,529 $29,960 92.1
39 Alabama $31,337 $28,580 91.2
40 New Mexico $30,829 $29,750 96.5
41 New Hampshire $30,504 $35,690 117.0
42 South Carolina $30,010 $29,770 99.2
43 North Carolina $29,904 $28,080 93.9
44 Florida $29,623 $29,120 98.3
45 Arkansas $29,563 $25,750 87.1
46 Virginia $29,533 $29,770 100.8
47 South Dakota $28,119 $29,160 103.7
48 Maine $28,023 $31,050 110.8
49 Vermont $27,374 $33,150 121.1
50 Maryland $26,454 $33,200 125.5