Skilled workers are in demand, these trade jobs pay the most

Demand for skilled workers is driving up salaries in trade jobs -- here are the ones that pay the best\

Trade jobs in the U.S. are in a renaissance with high demand for skilled workers and waning interest in college among young adults.

The shortage of workers in the trades has driven up the pay, making those positions more attractive and the training a better payoff than a four-year college degree, in many instances.

linemen working on an electric pole
Trade jobs in the U.S. are going through a renaissance. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/File)
Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job site Indeed recently reported that the average salary for a trade job in America is $61,900, but several occupations pay much more, even just starting out.
Here are the highest-paying trade jobs in 2024, according to Indeed:
Ultrasonographer: $131,161
Respiratory therapist: $104,437
Dental hygienist: $99,013
Construction manager: $88,319

Aircraft mechanic: $82,846
aircraft mechanics working on a plane
Trade jobs in the U.S. are going through a renaissance. (George Frey/Getty Images/File)
Cable technician: $70,714
Industrial mechanic: $69,637
Solar installer: $69,442
Real estate appraiser: $64,075
Electrician: $62,739
Licensed practice nurse: $59,125
Wind turbine technician: $58,005

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