Highway maintenance workers

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Total Workforce

96.4k

Average Age

44.7

Estimated Job Growth

6.87%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$41,144

Average Male Salary

$40,848

Average Female Salary

$49,524

About

Highway maintenance workers are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Highway maintenance workers was $41,144 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Highway maintenance workers by wage are Dispatchers, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, and Painting workers.

Highway maintenance workers are part of the Construction & Extraction Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of construction trades & extraction workers, Boilermakers, Carpenters, Carpet, floor, & tile installers & finishers, Cement masons, concrete finishers, & terrazzo workers, Construction laborers, Paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, Construction equipment operators except paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, & tapers, Electricians, Glaziers, Insulation workers, Painters & paperhangers, Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, Plasterers & stucco masons, Roofers, Sheet metal workers, Structural iron & steel workers, Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, & reinforcing iron & rebar workers, Helpers, construction trades, Construction & building inspectors, Elevator installers & repairers, Fence erectors, Hazardous materials removal workers, Highway maintenance workers, Railtrack laying & maintenance equipment operators, Earth drillers, except oil & gas, Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, & blasters, Mining machine operators, Miscellaneous extraction workers, including roof bolters & helpers, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Miscellaneous construction workers, including solar photovoltaic installers, septic tank servicers & sewer pipe cleaners

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Highway maintenance workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Highway maintenance workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Highway maintenance workers, by average wage, is Administration of economic programs & space research. Highway maintenance workers are paid most in Litchfield County PUMA, CT but are relatively concentrated in Lewiston City & Nez Perce Reservation PUMA, ID.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$41,144

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,052

In 2017, Highway maintenance workers earned an average of $41,144, $10,921 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Dispatchers make somewhat more than Highway maintenance workers while Painting workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Highway maintenance workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.239

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Highway maintenance workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.239, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Highway maintenance workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Highway maintenance workers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Highway maintenance workers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Highway maintenance workers, by number of employees, are Construction, Services incidental to transportation, and Administration of economic programs & space research.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Highway maintenance workers, by average wage, are Administration of economic programs & space research, Construction, and Services incidental to transportation.

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Industries by Share

96.4k

2017 Workforce

± 7,621

-7.23%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 11.8%

The number of people employed as Highway maintenance workers has been declining at a rate of -7.23%, from 103,946 people in 2016 to 96,427 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Highway maintenance workers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Highway maintenance workers at  90.1%, followed by Services incidental to transportation with 2.44% and Administration of economic programs & space research with 2.16%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Highway maintenance workers in the US. The average age of male Highway maintenance workers in the workforce is 44.7 and of female Highway maintenance workers is 45, and the most common race/ethnicity for Highway maintenance workers is White.

Gender Composition

93.1k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 7,490

3.29k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,408

96.6% of Highway maintenance workers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Highway maintenance workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Highway maintenance workers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

82.9% of Highway maintenance workers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.7% of Highway maintenance workers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Highway maintenance workers.

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Age by Gender

44.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.07

45

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 6.15

The median age of Highway maintenance workers is 44.7, and Male employees are generally 0.298 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Highway maintenance workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Highway maintenance workers is Business but a relatively high number of Highway maintenance workers hold a major in Education.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

MOST COMMON MAJORS

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MOST SPECIALIZED MAJORS

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Highway maintenance workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Highway maintenance workers need many skills, but most especially Operation and Control, Coordination, and Operation Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Highway maintenance workers need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Operation and Control.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Highway maintenance workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Highway maintenance workers are expected to see a growth of 6.87% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

6.87%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Highway maintenance workers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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