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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

47-4051 Highway Maintenance Workers

Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement and 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 Highway Maintenance Workers
Industry profile for Highway Maintenance Workers
Geographic profile for Highway Maintenance Workers

National estimates for Highway Maintenance Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Highway Maintenance Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
149,890 0.9 % $ 20.77 $ 43,200 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Highway Maintenance Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.18 $ 16.27 $ 20.03 $ 24.66 $ 29.78
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,410 $ 33,850 $ 41,660 $ 51,300 $ 61,940


Industry profile for Highway Maintenance Workers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Highway Maintenance Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 102,670 1.90 $ 20.59 $ 42,830
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 37,850 1.72 $ 21.20 $ 44,100
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 5,490 1.53 $ 21.05 $ 43,790
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 430 0.06 $ 21.84 $ 45,430
Employment Services 340 0.01 $ 17.39 $ 36,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Highway Maintenance Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 102,670 1.90 $ 20.59 $ 42,830
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 37,850 1.72 $ 21.20 $ 44,100
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 5,490 1.53 $ 21.05 $ 43,790
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 70 0.06 $ 15.27 $ 31,750
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 430 0.06 $ 21.84 $ 45,430

Top paying industries for Highway Maintenance Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 50 (7) $ 25.99 $ 54,050
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 70 0.01 $ 24.80 $ 51,590
Services to Buildings and Dwellings (8) (8) $ 23.44 $ 48,750
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 430 0.06 $ 21.84 $ 45,430
Other Support Services (8) (8) $ 21.45 $ 44,620


Geographic profile for Highway Maintenance Workers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Highway Maintenance Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 13,930 1.60 1.49 $ 22.62 $ 47,050
Pennsylvania 12,330 2.24 2.08 $ 21.16 $ 44,000
Illinois 7,750 1.38 1.28 $ 25.11 $ 52,220
California 7,270 0.44 0.41 $ 26.15 $ 54,390
Ohio 7,060 1.37 1.27 $ 20.86 $ 43,380




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Highway Maintenance Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 1,650 4.02 3.73 $ 17.94 $ 37,320
Wyoming 810 3.09 2.86 $ 20.50 $ 42,630
Vermont 780 2.77 2.57 $ 20.88 $ 43,420
North Dakota 1,100 2.74 2.55 $ 23.95 $ 49,820
Maine 1,570 2.73 2.54 $ 18.99 $ 39,500




Top paying states for Highway Maintenance Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 160 0.55 0.51 $ 28.06 $ 58,370
Washington 2,450 0.77 0.71 $ 27.77 $ 57,750
Connecticut 2,300 1.49 1.39 $ 26.19 $ 54,470
California 7,270 0.44 0.41 $ 26.15 $ 54,390
Minnesota 4,650 1.72 1.59 $ 25.79 $ 53,640





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Highway Maintenance Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,200 0.70 0.65 $ 25.44 $ 52,910
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,440 1.28 1.18 $ 23.26 $ 48,380
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,600 0.60 0.55 $ 28.56 $ 59,410
Pittsburgh, PA 2,360 2.20 2.05 $ 22.41 $ 46,610
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,050 1.58 1.46 $ 19.98 $ 41,570
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,980 1.07 1.00 $ 26.76 $ 55,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,960 0.34 0.31 $ 27.44 $ 57,070
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,810 0.50 0.47 $ 17.91 $ 37,260
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,610 1.63 1.52 $ 23.11 $ 48,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,370 0.45 0.42 $ 23.55 $ 48,990




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Highway Maintenance Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 340 9.49 8.81 $ 20.24 $ 42,100
Glens Falls, NY 340 7.20 6.68 $ 20.33 $ 42,290
Ames, IA 300 6.85 6.35 $ 25.54 $ 53,130
Williamsport, PA 290 6.09 5.66 $ 17.65 $ 36,710
Gettysburg, PA 160 5.25 4.87 $ 18.38 $ 38,220
Kingston, NY 280 5.14 4.77 $ 23.07 $ 47,990
Utica-Rome, NY 590 5.11 4.74 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
Bangor, ME 280 4.58 4.25 $ 18.87 $ 39,250
Binghamton, NY 390 4.26 3.96 $ 20.17 $ 41,940
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 370 4.18 3.88 $ 20.95 $ 43,580