For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 25 different construction related professions. The goal was to highlight how workers were compensated in each of the U.S.’ 50 states.
We also counterbalanced the raw hourly wage data with the cost of living index of the states to determine how the pay construction workers in each state was counterbalanced by the cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and other miscellaneous costs. All cost of living adjustment data came from Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC).
We’ve previously published a list of The 10 Highest Paid Construction Jobs That Only Require High School Diploma, but we thought it would be interesting to examine each state individually to find out where construction workers can live most comfortably.
To follow along with our state-by-state breakdown of best states to work in construction, click here.
For the purpose of this list, each state’s ranking was determined by calculating the average ranking of hourly wages after being adjusted for cost of living for each of the 25 professions we examined. There are, of course, many ways to determine how good a state is to work in, but, at the end of the day, all workers have to be able to provide for them and their families, so wages should play a large role. If you see a state ranked #51 in a certain category, that is because Washington DC was included in the original data set, but was not included in this series.
Every time I think of the state of Minnesota, I can’t help but be reminded of comedian James Adomian’s fantastic Jesse Ventura impression. That doesn’t really add any context to their #3 ranking on this countdown, but when I saw they were next on the list, I immediately jumped into Jesse Ventura mode.
Minnesota is about as average as you can get in terms of cost of living, according to MERIC, as they’re only 0.2% lower than the national average, making them the closest to the center in the country. That also means that they barely benefited from our cost of living adjustment, but the fact that they’re ranked 3rd says a lot about their un-adjusted wages.
Minnesota had 17 of 24 construction professions ranked in the top 10 and 13 of those were ranked in the top 10. Roofers were the only profession that took the top spot on the list. The lowest ranked profession was Construction Managers, but they were still ranked only 27th.
If you’d like to see the breakdown of a specific profession, click the link the spreadsheet below:
Best Construction Jobs in Minnesota
This list is determined by selecting the jobs that were ranked the highest:
T 2. Construction Laborer
T 2. Heavy Equipment Operator
T 2. Iron & Steel Worker
T 5. Electrician
T 5. Brick & Block Mason
T 5. Plumber
T 5. Construction Building Inspector
T 5. Sheet Metal Worker
T 5. Pipelayer
Worst Construction Jobs in Minnesota
This list is determined by selecting the jobs ranked the lowest:
1. Construction Manager
2. Insulation Worker
4. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Worker
5. Security and Fire Systems Installer