These Are The 10 Highest Construction Worker Salaries By State

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay construction workers the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 1 year ago




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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 construction workers 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 Illinois. Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for construction workers salaries:

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

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 construction workers pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for construction workers from the 2015 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 $42,100, so our index value would be:

$42,100 * (100 / 135.9) = $30,978

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 $55,116 $52,140 94.6
2 Indiana $46,089 $41,250 89.5
3 Missouri $45,696 $41,310 90.4
4 Minnesota $44,027 $44,380 100.8
5 Michigan $42,415 $37,750 89.0
6 Washington $42,176 $44,370 105.2
7 Ohio $41,972 $39,370 93.8
8 Wisconsin $41,198 $39,880 96.8
9 New Jersey $40,557 $49,440 121.9
10 Nevada $39,709 $41,020 103.3
11 North Dakota $39,466 $39,230 99.4
12 Massachusetts $39,070 $52,120 133.4
13 Iowa $37,923 $34,510 91.0
14 Wyoming $37,374 $34,310 91.8
15 Kentucky $37,259 $33,720 90.5
16 Pennsylvania $37,218 $37,740 101.4
17 Kansas $36,918 $33,190 89.9
18 New York $36,435 $47,730 131.0
19 Montana $35,674 $35,960 100.8
20 Alaska $35,667 $46,760 131.1
21 West Virginia $34,785 $32,490 93.4
22 Connecticut $33,735 $43,080 127.7
23 Rhode Island $33,446 $40,370 120.7
24 Oklahoma $32,914 $29,360 89.2
25 Delaware $32,810 $33,270 101.4
26 Tennessee $32,639 $29,180 89.4
27 Texas $32,260 $29,260 90.7
28 Mississippi $32,176 $27,640 85.9
29 Louisiana $32,109 $30,440 94.8
30 Utah $31,999 $29,760 93.0
31 Oregon $31,859 $36,830 115.6
32 Arizona $31,765 $31,130 98.0
33 Colorado $31,416 $32,610 103.8
34 Georgia $31,389 $28,690 91.4
35 Nebraska $31,320 $28,690 91.6
36 Idaho $31,281 $28,810 92.1
37 Hawaii $31,089 $52,200 167.9
38 California $30,978 $42,100 135.9
39 South Carolina $30,231 $29,990 99.2
40 Alabama $30,109 $27,460 91.2
41 New Mexico $29,347 $28,320 96.5
42 Virginia $28,928 $29,160 100.8
43 Arkansas $28,886 $25,160 87.1
44 New Hampshire $28,572 $33,430 117.0
45 North Carolina $28,562 $26,820 93.9
46 Florida $28,514 $28,030 98.3
47 Maine $27,283 $30,230 110.8
48 South Dakota $27,193 $28,200 103.7
49 Vermont $26,837 $32,500 121.1
50 Maryland $25,824 $32,410 125.5

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