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Salaries For Skilled Trade Workers Are Going Up!

Salaries For Skilled Trade Workers Are Going Up!

During the most recent update to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, careers in the skilled trades saw a marked increase in average annual pay. Other careers that are not considered skilled trades, but can be learned at trade schools, including those in the beauty, medical, and dental industries, also experienced a rise in annual pay averages.

List Of Past Salaries vs Current Salaries By Career

Here’s a list of occupations that saw salary increases, including ones in the construction, mechanic, cosmetology, and medical industries. Annual pay listed includes the most recent available data from 2019, compared to the data of the previous update in 2018.

Skilled Trades & Construction Salaries

Skilled trades workers, such as electrical, welding, HVAC, and CDL truck drivers saw substantial increases in pay.

  • Electrician: average salary was $59,190 per year, which went up to $60,370 per year.
  • Truck Driver: average salary was $45,570 per year, that increased to $46,850 per year.
  • Welding: average salary was $44,360 per year, which went up to $45,190 per year.
  • Electrical & Electronic Technician: average salary was $65,050 per year, which went up to $66,240 per year.
  • HVAC Technician: average salary was $50,160 per year, which increased to $51,420 per year.

Mechanic Salaries

Yearly salaries in the mechanics industry also saw increases, some up to almost $2,000 per year. Careers like automotive technician, diesel mechanic, and aircraft mechanic are good examples.

  • Auto Technician: average salary was $43,730 per year, that increased to $44,890 per year.
  • Diesel Mechanic: median salary was $47,350 per year, which went up to $48,500 per year.
  • Aircraft Mechanic: average salary was $65,230 per year, that increased to $67,110 per year.

Beauty & Wellness Career Salaries

Annual pay averages for jobs like barber went up $1,970 and cosmetologist went up $1,340. The yearly average salary of a licensed massage therapist went up $1,300.

  • Barber: average pay was $33,220 per year; that increased to $35,190 per year.
  • Cosmetologist: average pay was $30,190 per year, which went up to $31,530 per year.
  • Licensed Massage Therapist: average salary was $45,880 per year; that increased to $47,180 per year.

Medical & Dental Career Salaries

The annual pay averages for workers in the medical and dental fields, like medical assistant, surgical tech, and dental assistant, rose as well. Each of these careers saw a yearly increase of more than $1,000.

  • Medical Assistant: average salary was $34,540 per year, which went up to $35,720 per year.
  • Pharmacy Tech: average salary was $34,020 per year; that increased to $35,250 per year.
  • Surgical Tech: average salary was $49,040 per year, which went up to $50,110 per year.
  • Dental Assistant: average salary was $39,770 per year; that increased to $41,170 per year.

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