The Top States to Work in Construction: #42 South Carolina

South Carolina best states to work in construction

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.

Rankings System

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.

#42 South Carolina

South Carolina is part of a south region that is primed to see the most construction growth, according to Oldcastle's 2018 North American Construction Forecast Report.  In terms of construction wages, the state is consistently mediocre, according to the data with most of the construction occupation wages ranking in the high 30s or 40s (out of 50).  

After adjusting for cost of living, in which South Carolina is about 1.5% cheaper than the average US state, the rankings were relatively unchanged.  Across all occupations examined, the average wage jumped from $20.77 to 21.06 after the adjustment.

If you’d like to see the breakdown of a specific profession, click the link the spreadsheet below:

Best Construction Jobs in South Carolina

This list is determined by selecting the jobs that were ranked the highest:

1. Floor Layers

2. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

3. Construction Managers

4. Welders

5. Elevator Installers

Worst Construction Jobs in South Carolina

This list is determined by selecting the jobs ranked the lowest:

1. Drywallers

T 2. Heavy Equipment Operator

T 2. Electrician

T 2. Sheet Metal Worker

T 5. Plumbers

T 5. Painters

T 5. Concrete Finishers