Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

47-4051 Highway Maintenance Workers



Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway. Excludes “Tree Trimmers and Pruners" (37-3013).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 90028$22.83/hr$17.76/hr$20.27/hr$23.13/hr$24.75/hr$27.51/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
ConstructionN/A$23.13/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration4,840$24.74/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 110$22.63/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 130$24.53/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 140$23.26/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 160$24.59/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 190$22.73/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 200$24.20/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 230$24.74/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 430$24.05/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 450$24.74/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 460$23.07/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 540$24.74/hr7.4%
Northeast Minnesota 550$24.74/hr2.1%
Central Minnesota 600$24.59/hr12.3%
Southwest Minnesota 620$23.79/hr5.9%
Northwest Minnesota 900$23.13/hr6.5%
Northwest Balance of State 960$23.26/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,610$26.01/hr7.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,040$25.73/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,960$24.74/hr6.7%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators 840$26.61/hr5.1%
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators 310$24.48/hr-13.6%
Construction Laborers 12,810$24.05/hr9.7%
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 540$21.23/hr20.7%
Helpers--Extraction Workers 50$17.39/hr21.3%


  • Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment.
  • Drive trucks to transport crews and equipment to work sites.
  • Set out signs and cones around work areas to divert traffic.
  • Dump, spread, and tamp asphalt, using pneumatic tampers, to repair joints and patch broken pavement.
  • Drive heavy equipment and vehicles with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds, remove snow and ice, and spread salt and sand.
  • Drive heavy equipment and vehicles with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds, remove snow and ice, and spread salt and sand.
  • Clean and clear debris from culverts, catch basins, drop inlets, ditches, and other drain structures.
  • Erect, install, or repair guardrails, road shoulders, berms, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Flag motorists to warn them of obstacles or repair work ahead.
  • Haul and spread sand, gravel, and clay to fill washouts and repair road shoulders.