11 Top Paying US Blue Collar Jobs

11 Top Paying US Blue Collar Jobs

Not everyone wants to work in a stuffy office for 8 to 9 hours out of the day. Luckily, you don’t have to work a white collar job to get great pay, in fact, there are quite a few blue collar jobs that pay very good salaries.

Blue collar workers are high in demand and the training required for many of these jobs is relatively short and less expensive than attending a four year college. Some blue collar workers can make as much as $70,000 or more per year working certain jobs. In this post we’ve assembled a list of well-paid blue collar jobs based on how much they earn yearly.

Airplane Technicians and Mechanics

Airplane technicians and mechanics provide repair and maintenance to airplanes. They check the airplane for issues and replace parts when necessary. They must communicate and work with other aircraft employees to keep them updated on the flight’s and the airplane’s status. The pay for these type of positions increase with experience.


Average Salary is $50,000

Underwater Welder

Underwater welders have to undergo intense training and develop a specific set of skills. They may end up working on an off-shore oil rig or repairing and maintaining waste treatment plants, nuclear plants, and doing bridge inspections.

Average Salary is $54,000


Boilermakers assemble, install, and repair boilers. These blue collar workers are constantly working with appliances that contain gasses and liquids. The training for this is short and can even be done online.

Average Salary is $57,000

Signal Track Switch Repairers, Electric Track Switch Maintainers or Third Rail Installers

Signal Track Switch Repairers are responsible for the installation, maintenance, inspection, and repairs of track components, such as track switches, electric gate crossings, signals, section lines, and signal equipment. Training is often provided, but competition for this type of work is stiff.

Average Salary is $60,000

Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators

Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators are workers who put oil drilling plans into action. They drill into the ground in order to extract oil. This type of work is extremely risky and requires the worker to be in excellent health. Training is provided upon hiring.

Average Salary is $61,000

Subway and Streetcar Operator

Subway and Streetcar Operators operate subways, electric streetcars, and suburban trains. They are the ones commuters depend on to ensure that everything is running on schedule.

Average Salary is $62,000

Petroleum Pump System Operators

Petrol Pump System operators are professionals who operate the equipment that gauges and tests oil, as well as controls petroleum flow into pipelines. Workers are required to go through an extensive 1 year of training that will teach them how to work with the potentially hazardous material.

Average Salary is $62,800

Electric Power Line Installers or Linemen

Electric Power Line Installers are the workers who install, repair, regularly test, and maintain power poles, power lines, and distribution systems. These workers also put up power poles and transmission towers. In order to work as an Electric Power Line Installer these workers must undergo special vocational training or acquire an Associate degree.

Average Salary is $66,000

Locomotive Engineers

Locomotive engineers drive passenger and cargo steam, electric, gas, and diesel locomotives. Locomotive Engineers must be well versed in railroad rules and regulations. These type of workers have to undergo only a month of training.

Average Salary is $66,100

Electrical/ Electronic Repairer, Powerhouse, Substation and Relay

These type of workers provide the installation, repairs, and maintenance of electrical hardware used in generating stations, in-service relays, and substations.

Average Salary is $71,000

Elevator Technicians

Elevator Technicians are workers who install, repair, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, and other lifts. These type of professionals often have to be on call 24 hours a day. Elevator Technicians have to undergo certification as well as a few years working as an apprentice under another professional.

Average Salary is $77,000

Safety First

All of the jobs mentioned above have some level of danger to them, which is why many require employees to wear safety apparel and equipment and expect them to follow safety protocols.

We at Coastal Boot understand how important safety is, which is why we offer a wide selection of work boots (including safety toe boots) that are both stylish and comfortable. We have brands such as Georgia Boot, Timberland, Caterpillar, Chippewa Boots, Dan Post Boots, Danner, Dr. Martens, Harley-Davidson, Iron Age, Keen, Thorogood, and many more. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  

Get Social With Us...

March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.
Older Post / Newer Post

Leave a comment

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published.