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AdvisorSmith Report Details Highest-Paying Construction Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

October 23rd, 2020 | by NEWCA

A recent analysis by AdvisorSmith found that 58 percent of construction managers do not have a college degree—bachelor or associated—but the median salary for this position is $95,260 per year. Construction managers’ average salary took the number two spot overall on the list of high-paying, non-college degree jobs and it is exponentially higher than the median national salary of $39,810.

In fact, the study found that several of the highest-paying jobs in the United States that don’t require a college degree are related to the construction trades.

Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest paying construction jobs that do not require a college degree are:

• Construction Managers – $95,260 p/year – 58% without a degree
• First-line Construction Trade Supervisor/Extraction Workers – $66,210 – 81% without a 
  degree
• Construction/Building Inspectors – $60,710 – 55% without a degree
• Crane/Tower Operators – $56,690 – 90% without a degree
• Civil Engineering Technologists/Technicians – $53,410 – 57% without a degree
• Brickmasons/Blockmasons – $53,100 – 92% without a degree


Bear in mind that these salaries are higher than many wages for positions that require a bachelor’s degree according to several studies.

The highest paying job in the U.S. without a degree? Nuclear power reactor operators who earn a median salary of $100,530. Not too shabby, and that job might even make you glow…with pride!

You can read more about the survey here.

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