The Highest Paid Construction Jobs that Don't Require a Degree

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Robison Wells
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According to a new study from Advisor Smith, several of the country's highest-paid jobs that don't require a degree are in the construction industry.

The most common highly-paid job in the United States that doesn't require a degree is the first-line supervisors of construction trades, with over 626,000 workers, and 81% don't have a degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; their median compensation is just over $66,000 per year. The country's highest-paid job without a college degree is the nuclear power reactor operators, who earn a median of $100,530.

According to the new study, nearly half of the top-earning 25 non-degree jobs in the country are in the construction industry, including construction managers ($95k, only 58% have a degree), first-line supervisors ($66k, 81%), construction and building inspectors ($60k, 55%), crane and tower operators ($56k, 90%). The list goes on and on.

A study from Georgetown University found that, often, a two-year degree or certification program will often yield higher pay than a four-year degree. Certificate holders in engineering can earn between $70,000 and $150,000, which certificate holders in construction range from $40,000 to $50,000. Compared to certificate holders in other fields, such as computer science, business management, accounting, healthcare, and education, construction surpasses them all.

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