This article contains 2022 salary data for the highest paying skilled trade jobs including careers in the building, construction, and mechanics fields. Many of the most popular programs in the “skilled trades” will take under 2 years to finish.
We’ve also added salary data for other top paying careers you can train for at a trade school or technical college. These include careers in the information technology, business, and medical career fields. Programs for some of these high paying technical and medical jobs can take 2-4 years to complete.
List of the Highest Paying Skilled Trade Jobs
These are some of the highest paying jobs that are commonly considered skilled trades or construction related. The salary listed is either the average or mean pay a worker earned in 2021, entry level pay will be less and those with a lot of experience will make more. The salaries listed here were updated with the newest BLS information from 2022.
- Construction Management: $108,210
- Pile Driver Operators: $75,950
- Aircraft Mechanic: $69,470
- Construction Inspectors: $68,480
- Plumbers: $63,350
- Brick Masons: $61,430
- Electrician: $63,310
- Carpenters: $55,190
- Sheet Metal Worker: $58,760
- Truck Driver: $50,340
- HVAC Technician: $54,690
- Welder: $48,290
- Auto Mechanic: $47,990
There are fast trade school programs for some of these high paying skilled trade careers. Examples of the fastest programs to graduate include CDL truck driver, hvac technician, and mechanic.
15 More Top Paying Trade School Careers
These jobs are not generally considered “skilled trades”, but you can often find training for these careers at your local trade school or technical college. Programs for these high paying technical careers generally take from two years to four years to graduate. The salaries listed below are the mean pay a worker earned in 2021, according to BLS.
- Civil Engineer: $95,490
- Computer Scientist: $142,650
- Mechanical Engineer: $97,000
- Mechanical Engineering Technician: $63,390
- Dental Hygiene: $81,360
- Electrical Engineer: $107,890
- Computer Systems Analyst: $102,210
- Economics: $120,830
- Computer Hardware Engineer: $136,230
- Computer Programmer: $96,650
- Electronics Engineer: $115,490
- Radiation Therapist: $94,000
- RN Nurse: $82,750
- Accountant: $83,980
- Health Service Managers: $119,840
A few of these careers may pay even more than current government statistics show, especially if you live in a fast growing area where there’s a lack of skilled workers. I know where I live, in a growing area of Florida, experienced welders, HVAC technicians, CDL truck drivers, and electricians can make substantially more than this post indicates.
All above listed salaries have been updated with BLS data from March of 2022. New salary information will be published around May 2023 and the information on this page will be updated then.
This salary information was gathered from the official BLS website. United States National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
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