Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
140,650 0.9 % $18.22 $37,910 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.12 $13.97 $17.59 $21.85 $26.37
Annual Wage (2) $23,120 $29,060 $36,580 $45,440 $54,840


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) 93,980 1.77 $18.20 $37,850
State Government (OES Designation) 38,980 1.79 $18.31 $38,080
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 5,930 1.94 $18.12 $37,680
Other Support Services 370 0.13 $13.52 $28,120
Employment Services 250 0.01 $19.58 $40,730

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 5,930 1.94 $18.12 $37,680
State Government (OES Designation) 38,980 1.79 $18.31 $38,080
Local Government (OES Designation) 93,980 1.77 $18.20 $37,850
Other Support Services 370 0.13 $13.52 $28,120
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 90 0.09 $24.91 $51,810

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 $24.91 $51,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $22.97 $47,780
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries (8) (8) $19.76 $41,090
Employment Services 250 0.01 $19.58 $40,730
State Government (OES Designation) 38,980 1.79 $18.31 $38,080


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 14,230 1.62 1.55 $20.10 $41,810
Pennsylvania 11,180 1.98 1.90 $18.47 $38,420
Ohio 6,980 1.34 1.29 $18.20 $37,860
Illinois 6,030 1.05 1.00 $24.78 $51,550
Texas 5,390 0.48 0.46 $16.00 $33,280



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 1,250 4.15 3.98 $18.04 $37,520
West Virginia 2,900 4.10 3.94 $12.34 $25,670
South Dakota 1,570 3.85 3.70 $14.43 $30,020
Maine 1,890 3.22 3.09 $15.96 $33,200
New Hampshire 1,750 2.80 2.69 $16.19 $33,670



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 90 0.27 0.26 $26.99 $56,130
New Jersey 1,860 0.48 0.46 $24.91 $51,810
Illinois 6,030 1.05 1.00 $24.78 $51,550
California 5,320 0.35 0.34 $24.28 $50,500
Connecticut 2,730 1.66 1.59 $23.48 $48,840




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 2,380 1.30 1.25 $22.04 $45,840
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,120 1.14 1.09 $22.17 $46,110
Pittsburgh, PA 1,980 1.76 1.69 $18.71 $38,920
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,620 0.30 0.29 $26.88 $55,910
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,450 1.11 1.07 $20.04 $41,670
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.39 0.37 $26.60 $55,330
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,410 1.12 1.07 $20.98 $43,640
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,330 3.09 2.97 $18.94 $39,400
Rochester, NY 1,210 2.44 2.34 $20.79 $43,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.51 0.49 $18.94 $39,390