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Front Page - Friday, October 15, 2021

Time to consider construction career

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga is proud to celebrate Careers in Construction Month during October. Professionals in home building and specialty trades are in high demand right now, and these careers can provide lucrative salaries.

Below are the average wages earned by construction professionals in Tennessee according to the NAHB State Wage and Workforce Demand Data:

First-line supervisors of construction trades

Mean: $59,870

Top 25%: $70,400

Brickmasons and blockmasons

Mean: $51,280

Top 25%: $59,510


Mean: $43,120

Top 25%: $49,130

Tile and stone setters

Mean: $37,300

Top 25%: $42,620

Cement Masons and concrete finishers

Mean: $40,690

Top 25%: $47,340

Construction laborers

Mean: $35,020

Top 25%: $39,410

Paving and surfacing equipment operators

Mean: $38,870

Top 25%: $42,530

Operating engineers and equipment operators

Mean: $40,470

Top 25%: $46,580

Drywall and ceiling tile installers

Mean: $44,770

Top 25%: $51,600


Mean: $50,140

Top 25%: $59,860

Insulation workers

Mean: $34,710

Top 25%: $38,840


Mean: $36,720

Top 25%: $41,480


Mean: $36,660

Top 25%: $39,640

Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters

Mean: $50,000

Top 25%: $56,250


Mean: $37,390

Top 25%: $43,820

Along with good pay, construction jobs provide a sense of accomplishment when professionals can see their finished projects.

Also, construction jobs directly help many people in our local community and are always in high demand.

These are just a few reasons graduates should consider learning a trade profession.

Chattanooga State offers many vocational programs which can be found at www.chattanoogastate.edu.

Students that have not yet graduated might consider attending Sequoyah High School to focus on learning a trade as part of their diploma studies. Courses can be found at sequoyah.hcde.org.

Also, many local construction and remodeling businesses offer to train employees with no experience necessary.

If you’re thinking of going into a construction profession, consider job shadowing for a day in the field of your interest. The HBAGC is comprised of hundreds of members that would love to have you work for them.

Visit the member directory at www.HBAGC.net to find contact information for these businesses, or consider visiting the Annual Fall Home Show Oct. 29-31 at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center to talk to potential employers at their booths.