America’s Best Paying Blue Collar Jobs

What jobs can high school graduates obtain?  Forbes Magazine compiled a list of the 20 best paying Blue Collar Jobs .  Forbes lists the 20 best-paying blue collar jobs from the government’s Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. Every job earns more than the national average of $42,270. The salary averages are for workers with several years’ experience and the jobs are highly competitive; however, for students still in school, they provide a source for career pathways to consider. Remember, beginning salaries are lower than the national averages shown here.

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1. Elevator installers and repairers, Average Hourly Wage: $32.57
2. Powerhouse, Substation and Relay Repairers, Average Hourly Wage: $29.18
3. Transportation Inspectors, Average Hourly Wage: $28.46
4. Commercial Divers, Average Hourly Wage: $26.42
5. Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators, Average Hourly Wage: $26.14
6. Power-line Installers and Repairers, Average Hourly Wage: $26.11
7. Locomotive Engineers, Average Hourly Wage: $25.71
8. Boilermakers, Average Hourly Wage: $25.53
9. Locomotive Firers, Average Hourly Wage: $25.31
10. Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Average Hourly Wage: $25.31
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Please be aware that this list changes.