Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

47-4051 Highway Maintenance Workers

Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway. Exclude "Tree Trimmers and Pruners" (37-3013).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
139,490 0.9 % $16.98 $35,310 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.45 $12.98 $16.47 $20.36 $24.33
Annual Wage (2) $21,740 $26,990 $34,250 $42,340 $50,610


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local Government (OES Designation) 103,140 $16.81 $34,960
State Government (OES Designation) 31,980 $17.62 $36,660
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,920 $16.62 $34,560
Employment Services 240 $15.46 $32,160
Support Activities for Road Transportation 120 $15.33 $31,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 $21.84 $45,420
State Government (OES Designation) 31,980 $17.62 $36,660
Utility System Construction 100 $17.41 $36,220
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) $17.31 $36,010
Local Government (OES Designation) 103,140 $16.81 $34,960


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Vermont 1,170 $16.54 $34,400 3.972
South Dakota 1,300 $13.27 $27,590 3.318
Maine 1,660 $14.54 $30,250 2.825
Nebraska 2,560 $14.57 $30,310 2.792
New Hampshire 1,670 $15.17 $31,550 2.693

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 4,080 $23.85 $49,600 0.281
Alaska 110 $23.37 $48,600 0.373
Connecticut 2,610 $22.94 $47,720 1.580
Illinois 6,770 $21.75 $45,240 1.188
Washington 3,080 $21.66 $45,050 1.105


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Jefferson City, MO 2,470 $15.66 $32,560 30.502
Glens Falls, NY 350 $15.63 $32,510 6.584
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 260 $14.65 $30,470 5.980
Kingston, NY 330 $18.45 $38,390 5.480
Morristown, TN 210 $13.37 $27,820 4.762

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 680 $29.86 $62,120 0.170
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 150 $28.06 $58,360 0.149
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 390 $26.75 $55,630 0.393
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 260 $26.36 $54,820 0.688
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 50 $25.14 $52,290 0.259


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010