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Career and Education Opportunities for Highway Maintenance Workers in Washington

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle.

Currently, 3,130 people work as highway maintenance workers in Washington. This is expected to grow 11% to about 3,480 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for highway maintenance workers, which sees this job pool growing by about 8.5% over the next eight years. In general, highway maintenance workers maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way.

Highway maintenance workers earn about $21 hourly or $45,270 yearly on average in Washington and about $16 hourly or $34,000 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for highway maintenance workers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Paving in Washington, and not quite as good as the overall Paving category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Laser Fantasy International, the Seattle City, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.

CITIES WITH Highway Maintenance Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN Washington


JOB DESCRIPTION: Highway Maintenance Worker

Highway Maintenance Worker video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, highway maintenance workers maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. They also duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences.

Every day, highway maintenance workers are expected to be able to lift, push and move large and heavy objects. It is also important that they maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Washington include:

  • Black Top Paver Operator. Operate equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or equipment used for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials. Includes concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.
  • Construction Worker. Perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, clean up rubble and debris, and remove asbestos, lead, and other hazardous waste materials. May assist other craft workers.
  • Track Layer. Lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and road bed tamping machine operators.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Washington

Washington
Washington photo by Kelvin Kay

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle. In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum, the History House, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.