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Highest Paying Blue Collar Jobs

Updated on May 4, 2011

Blue Collar Jobs

Sometimes, blue collar job  are often associated by others to poor education, low paying and dirty job.  The fact is that these kind of works is much more difficult than the other type of jobs out there.  These kind of works are associated with manufacturing, mining, building and construction trades, mechanical work, maintenance, repair and operations maintenance or technical installations.  The skills required for these kind of works  cannot be obtained easily.  Some of the blue collar job workers are required to undergo specialized training.  These workers are mostly in the field facing risk and extreme danger. 

High Paying Blue Collar Jobs


Elevator Installer and Repairer

Average hourly wage: $42.08

Electrical and Electronics Repairer -- Powerhouse, Substation and Relay

Average hourly wage: $32.75

Power Plant Operator, Distributor and Dispatcher

Average hourly wage: $31.50

Gas Plant Operator

Average hourly wage: $30.71

Locomotive Engineer

Average hourly wage: $28.27

Electrical Power Line Installer and Repairer

Average hourly wage: $29.02

Structural Iron and Steel Worker

Average hourly wage: $28.55

Construction and Building Inspector

Average hourly wage: $28.31

Ship and Boat Captain and Operator

Average hourly wage: $24.86

Radio and Telecommunications Equipment Installer

Average hourly wage: $27.48

These workers faced the risk everytime they are doing their jobs. Working how many feet above the ground or below may seem difficult but it is easy for them. So we must respect these workers because they have made our life more manageable and easy to handle.

Other jobs here may not be the same as to other countries.  It may depend on the country's standards.

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      Richieb799 7 years ago from Cardiff, Wales UK

      I like this page, good idea for a hub, shows respect for blue collar workers, people who work without complaining :) like me

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      wordscribe41 6 years ago

      Great information! I sometimes wonder why I bothered getting a master's degree. A lot of education doesn't always transfer into a high salary. Sure wish I knew how to install those elevators!!!

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