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NCCER Survey: Craft Professionals’ Wages on the Rise

Wages for craft professionals continue to rise due to growing demand for skilled craft professionals, according to NCCER’s 2014 Craft Professional Wage Survey. Wages in the survey represent average annual salaries for individual craft areas—not including overtime, per diem, bonuses or other incentives.

Of the more than 30 organizations surveyed in the industrial and commercial construction industries, all craft professions included in the survey earned more than $50,000 annually in 2014. Project managers and project supervisors topped the list, earning more than $91,000 and $79,000, respectively.

Other professions earning more than $65,000 annually include electronic systems technicians and instrumentation technicians, which experienced a 14 percent increase from one year ago. Welders, boilermakers, millwrights and mobile crane operators earned more than $60,000 in 2014. Boilermakers saw the most significant pay increase of all craft professions, up 16 percent from the previous year, followed by industrial maintenance mechanics, which saw a 15 percent increase in wages.

Of the 17 total craft professions included in NCCER’s survey, 15 experienced wage increases.

NCCER’s Craft Professional Wage Survey is one of numerous resources that NCCER and its Build Your Future initiative offer to promote construction careers and assist in creating a pipeline of qualified craft professionals to the industry.

The organizations that participate in NCCER’s survey do so voluntarily, and all specific company information remains confidential. Only craft areas in which the number of responses received is sufficient to calculate a valid average are included in the survey results.

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