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.
Florida has no doubt had its fair share of strange news stories over the past few years, not only in general, but also specifically in construction. Some have been tragic and scary, like the recent pedestrian bridge collapse that killed several people and a crane collapse that nearly missed several workers. Other stories have been down right strange, like this slow speed police chase led by a man who stole a backhoe.
As far as wages construction wages go in the state of Florida, they are relatively underwhelming. Cost of living is just below the national average, which raised the state's rank around 3 spots overall after adjusting the wages for cost of living, but Florida is still in the bottom 10. With none of the 25 construction professions we examined landing in the top 10 for highest wages and an overall average hourly wage of $20.51 (after adjustment), Florida lands at #44 out the 50 states on our countdown.
If you’d like to see the breakdown of a specific profession, click the link the spreadsheet below:
Best Construction Jobs in Florida
This list is determined by selecting the jobs that were ranked the highest:
1. Solar Panel Installer
2. Construction Building Inspectors
3. Construction Managers
T 4. Insulation Worker
T 4. Pipelayer
Worst Construction Jobs in Florida
This list is determined by selecting the jobs ranked the lowest:
T 3. Heavy Equipment Operator
T 3. Electrician
T 3. Brick & Block Mason
T 3. Roofer
T 3. Iron & Steel Worker
T 3. Sheet Metal Worker