The Top States to Work in Construction: #45 South Dakota

South Dakota, home of Badlands National Park and the only mountain with US president's faces carved on the side of it, has landed at #45 on our countdown. 

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #46 Maine

Maine is the first state in our countdown so far whose ranking was not dramatically affected by the cost of living adjustment, with their overall average ranking only dropping around 9 spots. 

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #47 Oregon

Overall, Oregon was in the middle of the pack with regards to hourly wage for the 25 construction professions analyzed, with an average ranking of 18. However, the Northwest state has the 3rd highest cost of living, according to MERIC, as it costs 31% more to live there versus the average state.

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #48 Maryland

Maryland is ranked 7th in highest cost of living wages according to MERIC, which dropped their overall hourly wage ranking from  around 20th to the 48th ranked state.

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