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2014 Wage Survey

Each year, NCCER surveys organizations from the industrial and commercial construction industries across the U.S about the wages of their craft professionals. Wages in the survey represent average annual salaries for individual craft areas, not including overtime, per diem, bonuses or other incentives.  

Wages for craft professionals continue to rise, according to NCCER's 2014 Craft Professional Wage Survey. This increase is largely related to the growing demand for skilled craft professionals.   


  • Of the more than 30 construction organizations surveyed, all craft professions included in the survey earned more than $50,000 annually.
  • 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.
  • 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.