We’ve shared how lucrative a career in construction can be countless times. But with the countless construction career options available, it can be hard to determine which route to take. If you’re looking for the most promising position possible that will be as financially rewarding as it is intrinsically motivating, keep reading. We share 5 high-paying careers that are in high demand this year.
- Construction Project Manager
National average base salary – $77,000
Top earners – $120,000
Construction project managers oversee projects, supporting everything from the project timeline to individual tasks. They are an important piece of the puzzle from the get-go, establishing expectations before a project has even begun, oftentimes even setting the budget. Given the importance of their role, it’s no wonder the salary is so great.
- Construction Manager
National average base salary – $83,000
Top earners – $135,000
Construction managers also earn great money for their work overseeing projects. But unlike construction project managers who are involved from the pre-construction phase on, construction managers join only after construction has started. And they are more hands-on than construction project managers, typically supporting the team on-site with their expert guidance, rather than from an office. Their wide-spanning knowledge means their pay is equally large.
National average base salary – $84,000
Top earners – $152,000
Architects are the visionaries of the construction team. Though the majority of their work is done in the pre-construction phase, designing what the finished project will look like and how it will function, they also continue to support the project with ongoing troubleshooting and strategic improvements. This career does require traditional education as well as hands-on experience, but the impressive pay makes all the effort well worth it.
- Civil Engineer
National average base salary – $68,000
Top earners – $110,000
A civil engineer’s job is a combination of all of the aforementioned careers’ responsibilities. They design, plan and oversee construction projects. Though their range of work is wide, civil engineers typically support infrastructure projects like building roads and bridges. The high pay is a great perk to this rewarding career in which individuals have the opportunity to wear many hats and have a hand in all aspects of a project.
- Electrical Engineer
National average base salary – $97,000
Top earners – $109,000
Electrical engineers are one of the most highly skilled – and therefore highest compensated – construction careers. Their typical workday requires intricate work to install and fix buildings’ electrical systems. Once an electrical engineer has proven their capabilities, there is no cap to their potential.
These are just five of the best paying construction careers that have current openings today. Don’t miss out on these high-earning, highly rewarding careers. Get your career started now by exploring the various educational paths you can take on our website.
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