Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
142,300 1.2 % $18.36 $38,200 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.35 $14.15 $17.75 $22.21 $26.38
Annual Wage (2) $23,600 $29,430 $36,930 $46,200 $54,870


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) 96,130 1.79 $18.48 $38,440
State Government (OES Designation) 37,450 1.70 $18.25 $37,960
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 6,440 2.03 $17.58 $36,560
Employment Services 240 0.01 $19.77 $41,120
Support Activities for Road Transportation 80 0.08 $17.20 $35,770

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 6,440 2.03 $17.58 $36,560
Local Government (OES Designation) 96,130 1.79 $18.48 $38,440
State Government (OES Designation) 37,450 1.70 $18.25 $37,960
Support Activities for Road Transportation 80 0.08 $17.20 $35,770
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 70 0.06 $20.73 $43,120

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) $22.07 $45,900
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 70 0.06 $20.73 $43,120
Employment Services 240 0.01 $19.77 $41,120
Local Government (OES Designation) 96,130 1.79 $18.48 $38,440
State Government (OES Designation) 37,450 1.70 $18.25 $37,960


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 14,810 1.65 1.60 $20.50 $42,640
Pennsylvania 10,620 1.86 1.80 $18.80 $39,100
Ohio 7,430 1.41 1.36 $18.28 $38,030
Texas 6,440 0.56 0.54 $16.03 $33,340
Illinois 6,150 1.05 1.02 $21.46 $44,640



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 1,580 5.21 5.04 $19.20 $39,940
West Virginia 2,840 4.02 3.89 $12.53 $26,070
South Dakota 1,590 3.85 3.73 $15.01 $31,230
Maine 1,860 3.14 3.04 $15.98 $33,230
Nebraska 2,430 2.55 2.47 $16.33 $33,960



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 120 0.36 0.35 $25.71 $53,470
New Jersey 1,500 0.38 0.37 $25.61 $53,270
Connecticut 2,360 1.42 1.38 $25.16 $52,330
California 4,590 0.30 0.29 $24.51 $50,980
Massachusetts 2,040 0.60 0.58 $22.87 $47,570




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 1.35 1.31 $22.64 $47,090
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,250 0.35 0.34 $26.52 $55,170
Pittsburgh, PA 1,720 1.52 1.48 $19.32 $40,190
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.45 0.44 $23.89 $49,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,590 0.66 0.64 $18.82 $39,140
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,480 1.12 1.09 $20.23 $42,080
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,470 1.15 1.11 $21.37 $44,460
Rochester, NY 1,300 2.56 2.48 $21.07 $43,830
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,250 2.85 2.76 $19.82 $41,230
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,230 1.21 1.17 $20.74 $43,130