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Old 12-12-2006, 06:04 AM   #1
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What Is The Best Paying Trade In Construction??


Hey, do you guys know what is the best paying trade in construction?
Exterior i would say roof, but not sure.
What you guys tell me interior? Drywall, flooring, carpentry, etc...???
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:35 AM   #2
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The best paying is when your working no matter what trade. here in Michigan there are no jobs to work so stay out of this State it's for your own good.

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I never really checked into the prices the other trades were getting. I enjoy painting, so that's what I do.
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I'm sure plenty will critique my answer, but in my experiences--It's almost always been plumbers on top, then electricians....
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Master Electrician.

or

house washing.
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Yep, plummers..... we know it's them plummers.
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I'm sure plenty will critique my answer, but in my experiences--It's almost always been plumbers on top, then electricians....
That's what I thought till moving to this area of Tennessee. When I worked for a GC as a limited licensed electrician I asked him for a raise. He said "what your only an electrician it's not like you can do 3 piece crown" my jaw nearly hit the floor. He then let me know that any of his carpenters could do the small electric like add an outlet.
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"what your only an electrician it's not like you can do 3 piece crown"
That's funny, it's the first time I've heard us lowly carpenters being elevated above an electrician
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When we were doning Govt work using the Davis-Bacon or prevailing wage scale the tinners were always on top with the plumbers and electricians pretty much tied for second.

The prevailing wage was different on each contract and if it was residential, (like base housing), it droped considerably. The tinners were still on top.
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Around here, I think that the HVAC guys are on top.
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Its got to be the plumbers, then the sparks.
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screw these piddly trades, be a GC and make money off all the guys doing the work.
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screw these piddly trades, be a GC and make money off all the guys doing the work.
I can earn a pretty decent rate doing sub carpentry work but I learnt a long time ago that the best money was in small remodel work, maybe a weeks work at a time, at least twice the money i'd get for sub work. I used to take on much bigger stuff but i reckon there's more in "small" works, trouble is you gotta find more of them.
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screw these piddly trades, be a GC and make money off all the guys doing the work.
I'm sure being a GC has it's drawbacks--one I can think of is the inability to pay guys on time and correctly, whick results in the stigma that GC's are hard up
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I just looked up the prevailing wage determination chart for my county. The top 5 "normal" trades were (in order from highest pay):
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Plumber
  • Roofer (composition)
  • Insulator
  • Electrician
There were a couple scattered one's in between that were odd, specialty trades. Things like an elevator constructor and a terazzo setter.
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So, I wonder what the most profitable trade for business owners is?
Would it be the same or different? With Electricians and Plumbers you have to pay a lot more for labor but with some other trades the wages are less.

Just thinking out loud.
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No one has mentioned trades like pipefitters, welders, operators, core drillers, sand hogs...its my understanding these guys do pretty well, at least in this area
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I agree with the plumbers, then electritions. But I can think of several other trades, where I know of people who have found a way to make money heads n shoulders above their peers. Usually through superior craftsmanship with a little artistic or design ability, or terrific marketing and being in the right place at the right time.


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I know who should make the most money- the guy who pumps out and cleans the porta-potty.
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We had a concrete guy in Florida that had a Bentley.
I think he also had a tequila factory in Mexico. Not sure what was bringing in most of the money.

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