Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
149,260 0.8 % $19.92 $41,440 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.52 $15.51 $19.08 $23.71 $28.57
Annual Wage (2) $26,030 $32,250 $39,690 $49,330 $59,420


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) 104,710 1.91 $19.87 $41,340
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 37,110 1.70 $20.13 $41,880
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 4,640 1.35 $19.23 $39,990
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 640 0.19 (8) (8)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 410 0.06 $19.44 $40,430

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) 104,710 1.91 $19.87 $41,340
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 37,110 1.70 $20.13 $41,880
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 4,640 1.35 $19.23 $39,990
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 640 0.19 (8) (8)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 80 0.07 $18.77 $39,050

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) 50 (7) $23.89 $49,680
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $22.71 $47,240
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 50 (7) $20.27 $42,170
Other Support Services (8) (8) $20.22 $42,060
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 37,110 1.70 $20.13 $41,880


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 14,920 1.59 1.54 $22.06 $45,880
Pennsylvania 12,140 2.08 2.01 $20.49 $42,630
Ohio 7,770 1.43 1.39 $20.19 $42,000
Illinois 7,760 1.30 1.26 $23.89 $49,680
Texas 6,650 0.55 0.53 $18.13 $37,700




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 1,630 3.87 3.75 $16.66 $34,650
Wyoming 810 3.02 2.93 $20.06 $41,730
Vermont 910 2.98 2.89 $20.22 $42,050
Maine 1,760 2.91 2.82 $17.12 $35,610
North Dakota 1,100 2.65 2.57 $22.77 $47,370




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,930 0.29 0.28 $27.44 $57,070
Connecticut 2,270 1.37 1.33 $25.45 $52,940
Washington 2,270 0.70 0.68 $25.11 $52,230
Oregon 1,910 1.01 0.98 $24.19 $50,320
Massachusetts 1,880 0.53 0.51 $24.04 $50,000





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 6,470 0.68 0.66 $24.19 $50,310
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,470 1.22 1.18 $22.43 $46,650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,950 0.64 0.62 $26.67 $55,470
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,640 1.93 1.88 $19.22 $39,970
Pittsburgh, PA 2,620 2.29 2.22 $20.71 $43,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,040 1.04 1.01 $24.73 $51,440
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,590 0.45 0.43 $17.62 $36,660
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,540 3.42 3.31 $20.53 $42,700
Rochester, NY 1,370 2.67 2.59 $22.40 $46,590
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,330 0.48 0.47 $23.63 $49,140