What Technical Professions Pay the Most

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Here's the average pay for many of the state’s technical professions.

Indicates a high-paying job with few education requirements.

  Profession Mean Hourly Rate Degree or Diploma
  Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders $15.99 Certificate
  Agricultural and Food Science Technicians $19.62 Associate to Master's
  Agricultural Equipment Operators $12.57 HS Diploma
  Aircraft Mechanics/Service Technicians $24.59 Certificate to Associate
  Architectural and Civil Drafters $21.87 Certificate to Bachelor's
  Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other $14.60 Certificate
  Audio and Video Equipment Technicians $17.07 HS Diploma to Bachelor's
  Automotive Body and Related Repairers $19.95 Certificate
  Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics $18.13 Certificate
  Avionics Technicians $26.99 Certificate
Bridge and Lock Tenders $23.27 HS Diploma
Cargo and Freight Agents $25.63 HS Diploma
  Carpenters $17.50 HS Diploma
  Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers $17.36 HS Diploma
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders $23.54 HS Diploma to Associate
  Chemical Technician $22.20 Associate
  Civil Engineering Technicians $23.44 Certificate to Associate
Commercial Heavy Truck and Tractor-Trailer Drivers $20.18 HS Diploma
  Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Drafters $19.20 Certificate to Bachelor's
  Computer Network Support Specialists $22.20 Associate to Bachelor's
Computer User Support Specialists $20.28 HS Diploma to Bachelor's
  Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal $18.16 Certificate
  Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operators $26.55 Certificate
  Computer Programmers $34.39 Associate to Bachelor's
  Construction and Building Inspectors $22.23 Certificate to Bachelor's
  Construction Laborers $13.98 No Diploma to HS Diploma
  Construction Managers $37.62 Associate to Bachelor's
  Control and Valve Installers and Repairers $27.33 Certificate
  Crane and Tower Operators $18.27 Certificate
  Cutters, Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators $17.16 Certificate
  Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas $19.56 HS Diploma
  Diesel Technician/Diesel Engine Specialists $19.44 HS Diploma
  Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters $18.28 Certificate
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas $26.21 HS Diploma
  Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers $20.45 Certificate
Electrical Power-Line Installers/Repairers (Lineman) $32.00 Certificate
  Electricians $20.98 Certificate
  Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts $19.90 Certificate
  Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Mechanics (HVACR) $19.36 Certificate to Associate
  Heavy Equipment Mechanics $22.31 Certificate
  Industrial Machinery Mechanics $22.87 Certificate
  Industrial Maintenance Workers, Maintenance Technicians $20.19 Certificate to Associate
  Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators $15.94 HS Diploma
  Log Graders and Scalers $18.32 HS Diploma
  Machinists $20.28 Certificate
  Mechanical Drafters $24.25 Associate to Bachelor's
  Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics $22.31 Certificate
  Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians $17.17 Certificate
  Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators $15.64 HS Diploma to Certificate
  Painters, Construction and Maintenance $16.69 HS Diploma
  Plant and System Operators $25.44 Certificate to Bachelor's
  Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters $20.94 Certificate
Pourers and Casters, Metal $20.59 HS Diploma
Power Plant Operators $33.65 HS Diploma to Certificate
  Radio, Cellular and Tower Equipment Installers $26.30 HS Diploma to Associate
Railroad Brake, Signal and Switch Operators $21.63 HS Diploma
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers $21.31 HS Diploma
  Riggers $14.35 HS Diploma
  Robotics Technicians (Automation Technicians) $27.28 Certificate to Associate
  Rolling Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders $18.57 Certificate
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas and Mining $25.11 HS Diploma
  Structural Iron and Steel Workers $19.60 HS Diploma
Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers $26.46 HS Diploma to Associate
  Surveying and Mapping Technicians $20.67 Associate to Bachelor's
  Tank Car, Truck and Ship Loaders $17.76 HS Diploma to Certificate
  Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers $22.04 Certificate
  Telecommunications/Fiber Optics Line Installers and Repairers $27.17 Certificate
  Tool and Die Makers $21.15 Certificate to Associate
  Veterinary Technologists and Technicians $14.42 Associate
  Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers $19.40 Certificate

Sources: Arkansas Department of Workforce Services — State of Arkansas Wage Rates by Occupation and MyNextMove.org — National Center for O*NET Development (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 Employment Projections).