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 places 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.
Hawaii, as beautiful of a place as it is to be, is unfortunately ranked last on our list of best places to work. As you can see in the spreadsheet below, most of the professions listed are ranked in the top 10 in the raw hourly wage category. Cost of living, however, completely negates those initial high wages. MERIC’s list shows that Hawaii costs over 88% more to live in versus the average state. Because of that, Hawaii dropped an average of 41 spots in the rankings after the cost of living adjustment.
If you’d like to see the breakdown of a specific profession, click the link the spreadsheet below:
Best Construction Jobs in Hawaii
This list is determined by selecting the jobs that were ranked the highest:
1. Solar Panel Installer
2. Elevator Installer
3. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Worker
4. Floor Layers
5. Window Glaziers
Worst Construction Jobs in Hawaii
This list is determined by selecting the jobs ranked the lowest:
T 1. Construction Laborer
T 1. Heavy Equipment Operator
T 1. Carpenter
T 1. Electrician
T 1. Plumber
T 1. Painter
T 1. Roofer
T 1. Iron & Steel Worker
T 1. Construction Supervisor
T 1. Construction Manager
T 1. Sheet Metal Worker
T 1. Welder