Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
143,320 1.2 % $19.01 $39,540 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.76 $14.69 $18.33 $22.89 $27.32
Annual Wage (2) $24,470 $30,550 $38,130 $47,610 $56,820


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) 98,930 1.84 $18.96 $39,440
State Government (OES Designation) 35,430 1.62 $19.39 $40,340
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 6,490 1.98 $18.05 $37,550
Employment Services 230 0.01 $16.19 $33,680
Traveler Accommodation 40 0.00 $16.42 $34,150

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 6,490 1.98 $18.05 $37,550
Local Government (OES Designation) 98,930 1.84 $18.96 $39,440
State Government (OES Designation) 35,430 1.62 $19.39 $40,340
Employment Services 230 0.01 $16.19 $33,680
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 0.00 $22.00 $45,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $29.22 $60,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 (7) $22.00 $45,760
State Government (OES Designation) 35,430 1.62 $19.39 $40,340
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $19.25 $40,040
Local Government (OES Designation) 98,930 1.84 $18.96 $39,440


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 14,880 1.64 1.60 $21.21 $44,110
Pennsylvania 10,610 1.85 1.81 $19.40 $40,350
Ohio 7,730 1.45 1.42 $18.92 $39,360
Texas 6,570 0.56 0.55 $17.37 $36,130
Illinois 6,510 1.10 1.08 $22.49 $46,790




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 1,470 4.84 4.74 $20.24 $42,100
South Dakota 1,530 3.66 3.59 $15.49 $32,220
Maine 1,830 3.06 3.00 $16.43 $34,170
Wyoming 810 2.93 2.87 $20.00 $41,610
North Dakota 1,210 2.85 2.79 $22.86 $47,550




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 2,310 1.38 1.36 $25.66 $53,360
California 4,620 0.29 0.28 $25.43 $52,900
Alaska 140 0.42 0.41 $24.71 $51,400
New Jersey 1,690 0.43 0.42 $24.01 $49,930
Washington 2,250 0.73 0.72 $23.83 $49,570





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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,550 1.34 1.31 $23.49 $48,870
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,460 0.37 0.37 $26.99 $56,140
Pittsburgh, PA 1,940 1.71 1.68 $20.05 $41,690
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,910 1.42 1.39 $19.23 $39,990
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.50 0.49 $23.82 $49,550
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,420 3.20 3.13 $20.87 $43,420
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,400 1.09 1.07 $21.83 $45,410
Rochester, NY 1,360 2.66 2.60 $21.59 $44,900
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,290 1.26 1.23 $21.43 $44,570
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,230 2.23 2.19 $21.54 $44,810