Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
141,180 1.1 % $17.43 $36,240 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.68 $13.37 $16.95 $21.12 $25.18
Annual Wage (2) $22,220 $27,810 $35,260 $43,930 $52,370


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) 98,460 1.80 $17.41 $36,210
State Government (OES Designation) 37,340 1.70 $17.16 $35,690
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,860 0.94 $19.24 $40,010
Employment Services 200 0.01 $14.75 $30,670
Utility System Construction 100 0.02 $23.01 $47,860

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) 98,460 1.80 $17.41 $36,210
State Government (OES Designation) 37,340 1.70 $17.16 $35,690
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,860 0.94 $19.24 $40,010
Utility System Construction 100 0.02 $23.01 $47,860
Employment Services 200 0.01 $14.75 $30,670

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) 60 (7) $23.67 $49,220
Utility System Construction 100 0.02 $23.01 $47,860
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,860 0.94 $19.24 $40,010
Local Government (OES Designation) 98,460 1.80 $17.41 $36,210
State Government (OES Designation) 37,340 1.70 $17.16 $35,690


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 14,460 1.69 1.56 $19.46 $40,480
Pennsylvania 11,250 2.01 1.86 $17.51 $36,430
Ohio 7,930 1.57 1.45 $17.36 $36,100
Illinois 7,370 1.31 1.21 $20.71 $43,080
Wisconsin 5,710 2.14 1.97 $18.10 $37,650




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 1,310 4.44 4.10 $16.87 $35,080
South Dakota 1,390 3.48 3.21 $13.74 $28,580
Maine 1,960 3.37 3.11 $15.79 $32,840
North Dakota 1,200 2.97 2.74 $18.27 $38,010
New Hampshire 1,780 2.91 2.69 $15.64 $32,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,710 0.26 0.24 $24.82 $51,620
New Jersey 1,760 0.46 0.43 $23.61 $49,100
Connecticut 2,650 1.64 1.51 $23.20 $48,260
Washington 2,620 0.95 0.88 $22.16 $46,090
Alaska 130 0.40 0.36 $22.10 $45,970





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 2,190 1.94 1.79 $18.12 $37,690
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,100 1.15 1.06 $20.88 $43,430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,800 1.03 0.95 $22.50 $46,810
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,660 1.30 1.20 $18.38 $38,230
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.32 0.30 $25.70 $53,460
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,460 3.42 3.16 $18.32 $38,100
Rochester, NY 1,320 2.67 2.47 $20.48 $42,590
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,280 1.30 1.20 $16.04 $33,370
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.01 0.93 $19.98 $41,560
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 1,180 2.22 2.05 $20.08 $41,760