Highest-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs

Highest-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs

Want to take home a fat paycheck, but work with you hands? According to Forbes, two oil-related positions made the list of the top 10 best-paying blue-collar jobs. Oil and gas rotary drill operators pull down an average of $59,560 a year, with the top 10% earning more than $89,100. Petroleum pump system and refinery operators make just a little less, averaging $56,990. The top 10% of them earn $78,020.

What exactly is a blue-collar job? The American Heritage Dictionary says, “Of or relating to wage earners, especially as a class, whose jobs are performed in work clothes and often involve manual labor.” Forbes also¬†excluded work that is largely managerial or supervisory.

Besides working with oil, high-paying blue-collar jobs include:

elevator installers or repairers ($67,950 – and the top 10% of them earn more than $98,190!)

repairers at power substations ($67,700)

boilermakers ($56,680)

transportation inspectors ($61,110)

commercial divers ($58,060)

electrical power line installer and repairer ($58,860)

locomotive engineer ($53,590)

telecommunications equipment installer and repairer ($52,990)

Some of these jobs require long training, apprenticeships or 2-year associates degrees… but no 4 year-colleges, and no corporate suits!

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