Top 10 Paying Jobs for Tradesmen

Do you need a little grit under your nails to feel like you’ve done an honest day’s work? You aren’t alone.

Although many high school seniors spend their last months trying to decide on college or major, others are looking into trade schools. Depending on the type of trade, these students maybe out in the workforce in as little as a few months and, accordingĀ to, they could be making a very nice wage.

And what are these jobs? Read on to learn more.

Elevator Installers, Repairers

Topping the list are elevator installers and repairmen. On average, these men and women make around $70,010 annually. That works out to about $33.66 as an hourly wage. Where is the best place to work as this particular type of handyman? New Hampshire.

Powerhouse, Substation and Relay Repairers

Annually, these employees bring home around $64,120 with the top 10 percent raking $84,490. Those who are better paid reside (or at the very least work) in Vermont. The workers keep power generating stations, substations and in-service relays up and running.

Transportation Inspectors

With an average salary of $63,050, transportation inspectors happily inspect equipment/goods of semis and trains, etc. The top 10 percent rake in nearly $107,790. The best locale for this career choice is Washington, D.C.

Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators

Although best paid in Alaska, oil and gas drill operators make a fairly decent living nationwide with the average salary ringing in at $59,980. They find and extract petroleum products from the earth and assist in testing during oil and gas exploration. The top tier of employees makes $98,410.

Petroleum Pump System Operator, Refinery Operator and Gauger

On average, petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators and gaugers take home approximately $59,580 every year. In Alaska, the best wages can be earned at about $81,360. These workers control the petroleum refining and processing units.

Petroleum refinery

Power Line Installers and Repairers

Employees who install and repair power lines earn $57,510 each year, which works out to be around $27.65 per hour. In California, these workers are paid the best. Their job title is pretty self-explanatory; they install and repair cables and wires utilized in electrical power or distribution systems.

Commercial Divers

Annually, commercial divers take home $56,400 on average. Hourly that works out to about $27.12 an hour. The mission of these divers is to inspect, repair, remove or install equipment or structures from underwater. The top divers earn about $89,560 and the best paid live in New Jersey.


Best paid in Alaska, boilermakers construct, assemble, maintain and repair steam boilers and house auxiliaries. The annual average salary comes in at $55,750; the top 10 percent bring in $80,830.

Subway and Streetcar Operators

The best paid subway and streetcar operators are found in Texas. On average nationwide, these operators earn $53,440 a year. They operate passenger trains and suburban trains. The top ten bring homeĀ $66,570.

Seattle streetcar

Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

Yearly, these mechanics and service technicians make $53,280. Their responsibilities include diagnosing, adjusting, repairing and overhauling aircraft engines and assemblies. The top 10 percent earn $72, 250.

What’s the best paid trade-type career you’ve heard of?

4 Comments on “Top 10 Paying Jobs for Tradesmen

  1. The oil and gas sector pay good money depending on the company and locate.

  2. i work for your company in west va and was laid off i am hopeing to come back to wotrk for you

  3. i heard that the mine industry is also paying good wages but i am not sure how much they are paying

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