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.
#41 New Hampshire
New Hampshire is the 4th Northeast state ranked in the bottom 10 of our countdown. Like most of the states in that region, the cost of living is higher than the national average (New Hampshire is 12% above the average).
Despite it's low overall ranking, New Hampshire is the first state on our list so far to have a number 1 ranked profession, which is Crane Operators. Before adjusting for cost of living, the state's crane operators had the 2nd highest average hourly wage at $43.45, which was less than only New York. After adjusting for cost of living, New Hampshire jumped New York and became the top ranked state in that category. There were no other professions that cracked the top 10 for state.
If you’d like to see the breakdown of a specific profession, click the link the spreadsheet below:
Best Construction Jobs in New Hampshire
This list is determined by selecting the jobs that were ranked the highest:
1. Crane Operators
3. Concrete Finishers
5. Floor Layers
Worst Construction Jobs in New Hampshire
This list is determined by selecting the jobs ranked the lowest:
2. Construction Supervisors
T 3. Electrician
T 3. Painters
T 3. Construction Managers