How Much Money Can You Earn as a Blue-Collar Worker?

Research suggests that blue-collar jobs are increasingly better paid. In fact, All of the top blue-collar jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, earn annual mean wages well above the national average for all jobs ($50,620). And, better yet, each of them experienced pay raises over the last year.

Take, for example, nuclear power reactor operators, who operate and monitor equipment and record data — they make an annual mean wage of $94,350 for their work that only requires a high school diploma (or the equivalent of a high school diploma), on-the-job training and, sometimes, a license.

Trailing close behind nuclear power reactor operators are electrical and electronics repairers, who are able to inspect, repair and maintain electrical equipment in any state across the country, so long as they’ve also got a high school diploma (sometimes, additional education or apprenticeship training is necessary, if they’re specialized). Electrical and electronics repairers witnessed an annual mean wage increase of 4.33 percent in the last year. This means that they now earn, on average $77,770 each year.

Meanwhile, signal and track switch repairers, received the biggest salary boost in the last year, earning a 4.84 percent raise that brought their wages up to $65,750 on average, annually. Like nuclear power reactor operators and electrical and electronics repairers, they only need to have a high school diploma and on-the-job training to do their work.

Those are only three examples of blue-collar jobs that earn high salaries — the outlook for salary growth looks as good as the demand for job growth does for most blue-collar work.


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