- Several of the highest-paid jobs in the country that don't require a college degree are related to the construction industry, according to a new report from Advisor Smith. Construction managers earn the second-highest salary on the list of jobs that don't require a degree, which is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- The analysis found that even though 58% of construction managers do not have a college or associate degree, the median salary for the job is $95,260 a year, well above the national median salary of $39,810.
- Fifty-four percent of adults in the U.S. workforce over age 25 do not have a college degree. The high salary earned by construction managers shows the value a long career in construction can have without higher education, according to the report’s author, Advisor Smith CEO Adrian Mak.
There are nearly 300,000 construction managers in the U.S., but the most common job that doesn't require a college degree was first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers, with over 626,000 workers. Over 81% of those workers don’t have college degrees, according to BLS.
The highest-paid job in the country without a college degree, the study found, is nuclear power reactor operators, who earn an annual median salary of $100,530. Several other construction-related jobs are in the top 25 highest-earning jobs without a degree.
Here are the highest-paying construction-related jobs that don’t require a college degree:
|Job||Median Salary||% of workers without a degree|
|First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers||$66,210||81%|
|Construction and building inspectors||$60,710||55%|
|Crane and tower operators||$56,690||90%|
|Civil engineering technologists and technicians||$53,410||57%|
|Brickmasons and blockmasons||$53,100||92%|
In construction and engineering, associate’s degrees and certificates can lead to careers with wages as high or higher than many bachelor’s degrees, a study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found earlier this year.
Certificate holders in engineering technologies have a median salary between $70,000 and $150,000, the center found, and certificate holders in construction trades have a median salary between $40,000 and $50,000, higher than certificate holders in computer science, business management, accounting, healthcare or education.