Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
139,070 0.9 % $17.78 $36,980 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.88 $13.66 $17.25 $21.29 $25.75
Annual Wage (2) $22,630 $28,420 $35,870 $44,280 $53,560


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) 94,680 1.73 $17.72 $36,860
State Government (OES Designation) 38,340 1.75 $17.89 $37,220
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 4,370 1.46 $18.24 $37,940
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 380 0.07 $14.65 $30,460
Employment Services 300 0.01 $18.38 $38,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 38,340 1.75 $17.89 $37,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 94,680 1.73 $17.72 $36,860
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 4,370 1.46 $18.24 $37,940
Support Activities for Road Transportation 100 0.12 $15.59 $32,420
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 90 0.09 $23.46 $48,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 90 0.09 $23.46 $48,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $20.34 $42,300
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 50 (7) $19.36 $40,270
Employment Services 300 0.01 $18.38 $38,230
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 4,370 1.46 $18.24 $37,940


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 14,280 1.65 1.58 $19.70 $40,980
Pennsylvania 11,360 2.02 1.93 $17.87 $37,170
Ohio 7,460 1.46 1.39 $17.70 $36,830
Illinois 6,290 1.10 1.05 $23.60 $49,090
Wisconsin 5,350 1.98 1.88 $18.26 $37,980




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 1,490 5.00 4.76 $17.13 $35,630
South Dakota 1,410 3.50 3.34 $13.93 $28,980
Maine 1,950 3.34 3.18 $15.77 $32,800
West Virginia 2,210 3.12 2.97 $11.96 $24,890
New Hampshire 1,890 3.05 2.91 $15.92 $33,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,030 0.34 0.33 $23.93 $49,780
Illinois 6,290 1.10 1.05 $23.60 $49,090
Connecticut 2,720 1.66 1.59 $23.20 $48,250
New Jersey 1,330 0.35 0.33 $22.35 $46,500
Washington 2,330 0.82 0.78 $21.85 $45,450





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)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,170 1.18 1.12 $21.36 $44,420
Pittsburgh, PA 2,150 1.90 1.81 $18.26 $37,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,050 1.15 1.09 $22.08 $45,920
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,690 1.31 1.25 $19.64 $40,840
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,640 0.44 0.42 $26.40 $54,910
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.29 0.28 $25.80 $53,660
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,430 3.35 3.20 $18.42 $38,310
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,340 1.09 1.04 $20.55 $42,750
Rochester, NY 1,240 2.50 2.38 $20.39 $42,410
Syracuse, NY 1,070 3.56 3.39 $18.95 $39,410