The Top States to Work in Construction: #26 Utah

Like many of the states in the Mountain time zone, Utah has a relatively large area of land, but has a low population compared to the average state. That may be changing in the coming years, as the US Census data has shown that Utah has the 2nd fastest growing population in the country as of 2013.

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San Fran’s Sinking, Tilting Tower Suffers Cracked Window 36-Stories High

Over 2 years ago, concern began to grow when it was discovered that the 58-story high Millennium Tower in San Francisco had settled 16 inches and tilted 2 inches, after just 8 years of being open. The latest reports, according to NBC Bay Area, say that the building is now tilting 18 inches, when measured at the top. That stress on the curtain wall may have caused a 36-story window to crack.

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #27 Georgia

Georgia is located in one of the hottest regions for construction activity, the Southeastern Region. Atlanta, in particular, has experienced a bit of a construction boom recently, which could spell some pay increases for workers across they state, as the labor shortage is still a problem.

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US Department of Labor Launches New Apprenticeship Finder Tool for Career Seekers, Employers

For the past several years, workforce shortages have been a constant headline in the construction industry.  A large contingency of the skilled labor in the United States is retiring and the younger generations aren’t filling in as quickly as needed. 

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #28 Nebraska

Nebraska top states to work in construction

For the past year, 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.

#28 Nebraska

Like Montana, which is ranked #30, Nebraska is another state with a high total land area and a smaller population.  Unlike Montana, Nebraska has a lower-than-average cost of living, at 8.2% lower than the national average, according to MERIC. 

Nebraska has two construction professions in the top 10, including brick & block masons and floor layers. They also do not have any profession ranked lower than 39, which is reserved for carpenters. 

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

Best Construction Jobs in Nebraska

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

1. Floor Layer

2. Brick & Block Mason

3. Plumber

4. Construction Manager

5. Sheet Metal Worker

Worst Construction Jobs in Nebraska

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

1. Carpenter

2. Iron & Steel Worker

3. Security and Fire Systems Installer

4. Crane Operator

5. Heavy Equipment Operator

The Top States to Work in Construction: #29 Oklahoma

Oklahoma fans may have high hopes of being #1 in college football this season, but they've landed just outside of the top 25 on our countdown. With a 10.2% lower than average cost of living, Oklahoma effectively jumped up 12 spots on our list after adjustment. 

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Oregon Becomes First State to Allow Mass Timber Buildings Over Six Stories High

Across the United States, any mass timber building designed to be taller than six stories high has to receive special approval from the building codes department.  After a recent addendum was added to the Oregon’s building code, the state has become the first in the country to allow high rise mass timber buildings without receiving any special considerations.

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NTSB Provides Update to Report on Collapsed Florida Pedestrian Bridge

On March 15, 2018, 6 people were killed and 8 others were injured when an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida.  Several months later, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released their preliminary report while conducting an official investigation. The NTSB has recently released an “Investigative Update” to their preliminary report.

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #30 Montana

Montana is one of the biggest states, by area, and has one of the smallest populations in the country, but that doesn't have anything to do with it being #30 on our countdown. It may be surprising to many, but Montana actually has a larger than average cost of living, at .7% higher than the national average.

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Procore is Searching for This Year’s Hard Hat Hero

There’s no doubt that construction workers do not get enough recognition for the hard work they put into building our nation's structures.  At the end of each project, the workers are typically on to the next jobsite while executives and politicians are cutting the ribbon on their new facility.

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