In this article, we’re listing the salaries of those skilled tradespeople, technical, and medical workers who build buildings, fix cars, organize data, or care for the health of others. These types of careers pay well and have paths that can begin at a local trade school or technical college.
List of Skilled Trade & Technical Career Salaries
All listed salaries are the median pay noted on the official Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The most recent statistics are from May 2018. After some experience, you can make substantially more than the listed salary.
Auto, Mechanic, & Transportation
From driving and fixing trucks to all types of mechanic careers, these jobs take a couple months to two years to train for.
- Aircraft Mechanic – $63,060 per year or $30.32 per hour
- Auto Technician – $40,710 per year or $19.57 per hour
- CDL Driver – $43,680 per year or $21.00 per hour
- Diesel Mechanic – $47,350 per year or $22.76 per hour
- Industrial Mechanic – $51,630 per year or $24.82 per hour
- Marine Mechanic – $42,330 per year or $20.00 per hour
- Motorcycle Mechanic – $39,260 per year or 18.87 per hour
Building & Construction
These workers can be found on all types of building construction and renovation projects.
- Carpenter – $46,590 per year or $22.40 per hour
- Construction Manager – $103,110 per year or $49.57 per hour
- Electrician – $55,190 per year or $26.53 per hour
- Wind Energy Technician – $54,370 per year or $26.14 per hour
- HVAC Technician – $47,610 per year or $22.89 per hour
- Metal Worker – $48,460 per year or $23.30 per hour
- Plumber – $53,910 per year or $25.92 per hour
- Welder – $41,380 per year or $19.89 per hour
Cosmetology & Wellness
Careers in beauty normally take six months to one year to train for. Average pay in this category isn’t as much as the others, but an experienced beautician who builds their own clientele can make a lot more.
- Barber – $24,830 per year or $11.94 per hour
- Cosmetologist – $24,830 per year or $11.94 per hour
- Licensed Massage Therapist – $41,420 per year or $19.92 per hour
- Theatrical Makeup Artist – $72,030 per year or $34.63 per hour
Criminal Justice & Emergency Services
From court reporting to law enforcement, some trade schools specialize in emergency services and criminal justice career programs.
- Court Reporter – $57,150 per year or $27.48 per hour
- Emergency Medical Technician – $34,320 per year or $16.50 per hour
- Paralegal – $50,940 per year or $24.49 per hour
- Police & Detectives – $63,380 per year or $30.47 per hour
Culinary Arts & Food Service
These culinary career programs may take from six months to up to four years to complete.
- Chef/Head Cook – $48,460 per year or $23.30 per hour
- Sous Chef – $38,640 per year
- Baker/Pastry Chef – $26,520 per year or $12.75 per hour
- Dietitian – $60,370 per year or $29.02 per hour
- Food Service/Restaurant Manager – $54,240 per year or $26.08 per hour
Math, Science, & Engineering
Math and engineering careers pay very well and the salaries are justified, because they take two to four years of schoolwork to train for.
- Electrical Technician – $64,330 per year or $30.93 per hour
- Biology Technician – $44,500 per year or $21.39 per hour
- Chemical Technician – $48,160 per year or $23.15 per hour
- Engineering Technician – $56,250 per year or $27.04 per hour
- Mathematician/Statistician – $88,190 per year or $42.40 per hour
Students can make a top salary after completing a four year healthcare administration degree program. Medical billing and medical coding certificate training can be completed in a relatively short amount of time compared.
- Healthcare Administrator – $99,730 per year or $47.95 per hour
- Medical Insurance Biller – $40,350 per year or $19.40 per hour
- Certified Coding Specialist – $40,350 per year or $19.40 per hour
- Medical Social Worker – $56,810 per year or $27.31 per hour
Medical & Healthcare
Medical and healthcare career opportunities are growing fast. You can make good money in each of these jobs, though the longer you stay in school, the more you’ll usually make starting out.
- Certified Nursing Assistant – $28,530 per year or $13.72 per hour
- Dental Assistant – $38,660 per year or $18.59 per hour
- Dental Hygienist – $74,820 per year or $35.97 per hour
- Dental Lab Technician – $36,690 per year or $17.64 per hour
- Health Aide – $24,060 per year or $11.57 per hour
- Licensed Practical Nurse – $46,240 per year or $22.23 per hour
- Medical/Clinical Lab Technician – $52,330 per year or $25.16 per hour
- Medical Assistant – $33,610 per year or $16.16 per hour
- Medical Secretary – $38,880 per year or $18.69 per hour
- Pharmacy Technician – $32,700 per year or $15.72 per hour
- Phlebotomist – $34,480 per year or $16.58 per hour
- Physical Therapy Assistant – $48,090 per year or $23.12 per hour
- Registered Nurse – $75,510 per year or $36.30 per hour
Computer & Information Technology
Though the pay is substantial computer and information technology programs aren’t fast, generally taking two to four years.
- Communications Technician – $56,100 per year or $26.97 per hour
- Computer Support Specialist – $53,470 per year or $25.70 per hour
- Web Developer – $69,430 per year or $33.38 per hour
Though these design careers aren’t generally thought of as “trades” many trade schools and technical colleges offer such programs.
- Dancer – $20.70 per hour
- Drafting Technician – $55,550 per year or $26.71 per hour
- Photographer – $34,000 per year or $16.35 per hour
Follow the above links to find information about the careers and local schools offering many of these programs. Or, find a local trade school now.
Reference: US Bureau of Labor Statistics