Construction Junkie has been tracking the hourly wage of construction professionals by state. The full list is available here, but we're going to take a closer look at the plumbing profession.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May 2016 the current wage of plumbers by state. As it turns out, Illinois is the second highest paying state for plumbers. Below is the graph from Construction Junkie.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Arkansas averaged $18.54/hour, the lowest in the country. New York had the highest at $36.90/hour. Illinois was just shy of that at $36.31/hour.
The cost of living has a lot to do with the average wage. When the plumbers wage was adjusted for the state's cost of living, which included cost of housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health, and other living costs, Illinois had the highest wage for plumbers and New York moved to #24 and Hawaii moved to #51 as the worst paying states for plumbers.
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