Whether new, additions, or remodeled, the need for schools, hospitals, housing, infrastructure, commercial structures, and more is a constant. Skilled, quality workers will be essential to perform the work.


Median annual wages for various construction trades show the earning potential as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2019 for the State of Illinois. Fringe benefits such as healthcare are not included in these numbers.



Bricklayer $78,700
Carpenter $66,720
Cement Mason $68,820
Construction Laborer $60,500
Millwright $63,050
Operating Engineer $79,330
Painters $52,610
Plasterers and Stucco Masons $73,590
Roofers $60,490
Tile and Stone Setters $50,330
Plumbers/Pipefitters $75,530
Structural Ironworkers $86,640
Sheet Metal Worker $74,890

Technology in construction has exploded recently and is revolutionising how construction employees work. Building Information Modeling, drones, surveying technologies, 3D printing, and app use in the field are common on most of today’s job sites. The
impact of the green industry on construction also is opening new career opportunities.


More information for construction job descriptions, skills, and work environments may be found at Illinois Pathways.