Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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. Excludes "Tree Trimmers and Pruners" (37-3013).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
143,760 1.2 % $17.47 $36,340 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.57 $13.28 $16.93 $21.04 $25.57
Annual Wage (2) $21,980 $27,630 $35,220 $43,770 $53,190


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 103,060 1.87 $17.30 $35,980
State Government (OES Designation) 35,860 1.58 $17.74 $36,900
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,320 0.78 $18.20 $37,850
Employment Services 220 0.01 $13.08 $27,210
Support Activities for Road Transportation 130 0.15 $15.73 $32,720

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 103,060 1.87 $17.30 $35,980
State Government (OES Designation) 35,860 1.58 $17.74 $36,900
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,320 0.78 $18.20 $37,850
Support Activities for Road Transportation 130 0.15 $15.73 $32,720
Employment Services 220 0.01 $13.08 $27,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 80 (7) $22.50 $46,790
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,320 0.78 $18.20 $37,850
State Government (OES Designation) 35,860 1.58 $17.74 $36,900
Local Government (OES Designation) 103,060 1.87 $17.30 $35,980
Support Activities for Road Transportation 130 0.15 $15.73 $32,720


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 15,200 1.80 1.61 $19.11 $39,740
Pennsylvania 10,230 1.84 1.65 $16.90 $35,140
Ohio 8,590 1.72 1.54 $17.47 $36,340
Wisconsin 6,120 2.31 2.06 $17.99 $37,430
Missouri 5,560 2.14 1.91 $15.15 $31,500




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 1,280 4.41 3.93 $17.33 $36,050
South Dakota 1,480 3.78 3.37 $13.85 $28,800
Maine 2,130 3.70 3.30 $15.55 $32,340
North Dakota 1,040 2.80 2.50 $17.59 $36,580
New Hampshire 1,690 2.78 2.48 $15.60 $32,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,090 0.29 0.26 $24.20 $50,340
New Jersey 1,830 0.49 0.43 $24.02 $49,950
Connecticut 2,450 1.52 1.36 $23.45 $48,780
Illinois (8) (8) (8) $23.42 $48,710
Washington 2,900 1.07 0.95 $22.26 $46,300





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsburgh, PA 1,950 1.75 1.56 $17.61 $36,630
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.01 0.90 $20.82 $43,310
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,790 1.04 0.93 $22.68 $47,180
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,740 0.34 0.31 $25.64 $53,330
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,700 1.34 1.20 $20.13 $41,870
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,440 3.39 3.02 $18.73 $38,970
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,410 1.17 1.04 $19.38 $40,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,390 1.11 0.99 $17.46 $36,310
Rochester, NY 1,360 2.79 2.49 $20.02 $41,640
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,350 1.38 1.23 $20.64 $42,930




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Glens Falls, NY 310 6.00 5.36 $16.50 $34,310
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 200 4.51 4.03 $15.09 $31,380
Kingston, NY 240 4.20 3.75 $19.76 $41,100
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 170 4.10 3.66 $14.21 $29,550
Bangor, ME 250 4.09 3.65 $15.25 $31,720
Binghamton, NY 420 4.02 3.59 $16.43 $34,180
Syracuse, NY 1,140 3.81 3.40 $18.17 $37,800
Williamsport, PA 190 3.57 3.18 $13.30 $27,660
Wheeling, WV-OH 230 3.53 3.15 $16.67 $34,670
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 150 3.47 3.10 $11.96 $24,890