Highway maintenance workers

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Total Workforce

93.6k

Average Age

44.1

Average Salary

$41,737

Average Male Salary

$41,795

Average Female Salary

$38,431

About

Highway maintenance workers are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Highway maintenance workers was $41,737 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Highway maintenance workers by wage are Cement masons, concrete finishers, & terrazzo workers, Glaziers, and Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, & reinforcing iron & rebar workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Highway maintenance workers are Southeast Colorado PUMA, CO, Clearfield, McKean, Elk, Potter & Cameron Counties PUMA, PA, and Northwest Kansas PUMA, KS. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Highway maintenance workers are Southeast Colorado PUMA, CO, Northwest Kansas PUMA, KS, and Southwest Nebraska PUMA, NE.

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 Executive offices & legislative bodies. Highway maintenance workers are paid most in Litchfield County PUMA, CT but are relatively concentrated in Southeast Colorado PUMA, CO.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$41,737

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,821

In 2018, Highway maintenance workers earned an average of $41,737, $12,151 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, & reinforcing iron & rebar workers make somewhat more than Highway maintenance workers while Cement masons, concrete finishers, & terrazzo 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

0.25

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Highway maintenance workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.25, 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Highway maintenance workers

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 Executive offices & legislative bodies.

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Industries by Share

93.6k

2018 Workforce

± 7,509

-2.92%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 11.6%

The number of people employed as Highway maintenance workers has been declining at a rate of -2.92%, from 96,427 people in 2017 to 93,607 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Highway maintenance workers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Highway maintenance workers at  87.5%, followed by Services incidental to transportation with 3.45% and Executive offices & legislative bodies with 2.81%.

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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 44.1 and of female Highway maintenance workers is 45.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Highway maintenance workers is White.

Gender Composition

92k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 7,444

1.62k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 987

98.3% 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

86.2% of Highway maintenance workers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.64% 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

44.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.06

45.1

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 8.21

The median age of Highway maintenance workers is 44.1, and Male employees are generally 0.949 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 Protective Services.

Majors

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

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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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