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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
150,860 0.8 % $20.39 $42,410 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.90 $15.95 $19.58 $24.23 $29.09
Annual Wage (2) $26,840 $33,180 $40,730 $50,390 $60,520


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 106,570 1.92 $20.23 $42,080
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 35,600 1.64 $20.91 $43,500
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 4,820 1.37 $20.31 $42,250
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 450 0.06 $20.11 $41,840
Employment Services 300 0.01 $17.18 $35,730

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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 106,570 1.92 $20.23 $42,080
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 35,600 1.64 $20.91 $43,500
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 4,820 1.37 $20.31 $42,250
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 450 0.06 $20.11 $41,840
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 80 0.06 (8) (8)

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) 180 0.01 $26.99 $56,140
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 35,600 1.64 $20.91 $43,500
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 60 (7) $20.33 $42,290
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 4,820 1.37 $20.31 $42,250
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 106,570 1.92 $20.23 $42,080


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 14,990 1.57 1.53 $22.24 $46,260
Pennsylvania 12,770 2.16 2.11 $20.95 $43,570
Illinois 7,920 1.31 1.28 $25.80 $53,650
Ohio 7,760 1.42 1.39 $20.59 $42,820
Texas 6,750 0.54 0.53 $16.94 $35,220




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)
South Dakota 1,770 4.16 4.05 $17.50 $36,390
Vermont 1,000 3.26 3.18 $20.26 $42,140
Wyoming 840 3.08 2.99 $20.43 $42,500
Maine 1,800 2.94 2.86 $17.56 $36,530
Arkansas 3,230 2.65 2.58 $14.59 $30,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,350 0.71 0.69 $26.24 $54,580
California 6,480 0.37 0.36 $26.22 $54,540
Illinois 7,920 1.31 1.28 $25.80 $53,650
Connecticut 2,330 1.40 1.36 $25.51 $53,070
Oregon 1,940 1.02 0.99 $25.20 $52,430





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,390 0.66 0.64 $24.73 $51,440
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,750 1.30 1.27 $23.08 $48,000
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,940 0.63 0.61 $28.52 $59,320
Pittsburgh, PA 2,400 2.08 2.02 $22.02 $45,790
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,380 1.73 1.69 $20.46 $42,570
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,100 1.07 1.04 $25.78 $53,630
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,770 0.48 0.47 $17.35 $36,080
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,510 3.33 3.24 $20.65 $42,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,470 0.24 0.23 $27.95 $58,130
Rochester, NY 1,440 2.79 2.71 $23.12 $48,080