Top Paid Construction Jobs of 2015

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Jobs in the construction industry have long been offered as examples of well-paying jobs if they can be found.  But as in any industry there are well- paying jobs, and then there are the highest paid construction jobs. So if you are interested in the best construction jobs in the latter category, where should you be looking?

The good news is that most construction work site positions have seen a bump in pay over 2014 earnings. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is the increase in construction projects in general in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The second is the shortage of qualified workers to work on these projects. Employers must pay more for their services. But for work candidates hoping to see more than a "bump" in their wages, what are the areas to go into?

In the United Kingdom, the current hot construction specialty is surveying. "Chartered" or licensed surveyors saw a whopping 45% increase in their wages over 2014's. Even assistant or non-chartered surveyors saw a not-to-sneeze-at 20% increase in 2015's wages. British site supervisors and project managers are also seeing roughly 25% salary increases this year. And even temporary U.K. construction workers are seeing more pay, with painters seeing a 45% increase, joiners a 17.18% one, and fencers 12.50% more. And back here across the pond, how are their contemporaries faring in the U.S.?

Surprisingly, American construction's hottest new specialty takes workers nowhere near a construction site. According to the U.S. News And World Report, cost estimators are bringing home some of the biggest industry paychecks. These number crunchers earn a average annual salary of $60,000, but some cost estimators earn a annual salary just short of $100,000.

As in Great Britain, construction site managers are among the industry's highest paid employees, with even bottom rung earners making more than $50,000 annually. At the top rung, managers can expect to earn roughly $150,000 annually. It should be noted that for these two positions, educational background factors heavily into earnings. As the saying goes, the "more you learn, the more you earn". If you’re pursuing one of these top construction jobs, your odds of catching one is better if you’ve pursued a bachelors degree first.

Other well-paying American construction jobs include plumbers and electricians (average annual salary over $50,000) and sheet metal workers (average annual salary just under $50,000). Other temporary workers that made the best paid list included painters, glaziers, carpenters, brick masons, and block masons. The report noted again that earnings were often affected by the level of education, training, and certification workers could show.