For the past 6 months, 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.
I used this phrase to describe South Carolina, as well, but Arkansas is also "consistently mediocre. Arkansas was consistently ranked higher than 40 in the raw wage data, but they were saved, at least in terms of this countdown, by the fact that they have the second lowest cost of living in the country. Adjusting for the cost of living raised the state's ranking 13 spots and kept it from being in the bottom 10.
Elevator Installer was the only profession in the state to break the top 20, even after adjustment. If you see a lot of their rankings at #51, that's because Washington DC was included in the original breakout, but not in the state-by-state countdown.
If you’d like to see the breakdown of a specific profession, click the link the spreadsheet below:
Best Construction Jobs in Arkansas
This list is determined by selecting the jobs that were ranked the highest:
1. Elevator Installers
3. Iron & Steel Workers
4. Insulation Workers
Worst Construction Jobs in Arkansas
This list is determined by selecting the jobs ranked the lowest:
T 1. Construction Laborer
T 1. Plumbers
T 1. Security and Fire Alarm Installers
4. Heavy Equipment Operator
T 5. Carpenter
T 5. Crane Operator