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3 Highest Paying Jobs in Construction

Wondering how much jobs in construction pay? The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiles statistics for all occupations every year. The BLS reports that the median annual salary for the category, which it terms construction and extraction occupations, was $43,610 as of May 2016.

That’s 18% above the median annual salary made by all occupations in the United States, which is $37,040.

But some constructions jobs make considerably more than that. Here are the 3 highest paying jobs in construction.

#1: Elevator Installers and Repairers

Elevator installers and repairers are by far the most highly paid group within the construction sector. In 2016, the median salary hit $78,890. This equates to almost $38.00 per hour. The growth in jobs in this sector is also expected to be 12% over the next several years, which is more than the overall construction sector.

Elevator installers and repairers work on elevators, of course, and also on escalators and moving walkways. They install and repair all the intra-building transportation.

#2: Boilermakers

If you’re looking for the next highest paying construction job, it’s boilermaker. It pays a median annual salary of $62,060, slightly less than $30.00 per hour.

Many containers in buildings hold liquids and gases, like boilers. Boilermakers perform the assembly, installation, and repair of these containers. People usually need an apprenticeship to get a job as a boilermaker.

Job growth in the boilermaker field is expected to rise 8% from now until 2026. That’s less than the construction industry in the aggregate.

#3: Building Inspectors

The third highest paying job in construction is that of building inspector. The median yearly salary for this position is $58,480, roughly $28.12 an hour.

Building inspectors are responsible for going over buildings to make sure they are in compliance with the standards of local laws, regulations, codes, and zoning. They can inspect buildings for contract compliance as well.

Positions as building inspector are forecast to increase 10% through 2026, slightly less than the industry average.

To become a building inspector, you need to have at least 5 years of experience in working construction.

Overall, the BLS expects construction industry employment to climb 11% in the 10 years between 2016 and 2026, higher than the average for U.S. jobs. That’s an additional 758,000 jobs in the sector.

If You Need a Construction Accident Lawyer in New York

Construction jobs may pay well, but they can also pose serious bodily risk. Construction workers across all sectors can be injured and even killed from falls, electric shocks, tumbling debris, and more.

Construction accidents can result in lost wages or the inability to ever work again. They can cause families to lose their financial security.

If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a construction accident, you may be entitled to damages to compensate you and your family for medical bills, lost wages, job retraining, pain and suffering, and more.

Call Edelman, Krasin & Jaye today to discuss your case. All case reviews are free and we charge no fees unless we win money for you. Contact a seasoned New York City and Long Island construction accident lawyer now!

Additional Resources on Construction Job Salaries:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Construction and Extraction Occupations.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Elevator Installers and Repairers.
  3. Doyle, Alison. “The Top 10 Best Paid Construction Jobs.” The Balance. August 31, 2017.