Cities With Best Blue-Collar Jobs
Houston leads the way in Forbes list
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2014 7:55 AM CST
The skyline of Houston.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – You don't need a college degree to make a decent wage. Forbes picks up on research from the Praxis Strategy Group to list the US cities with the highest blue-collar wages. (Think oil and gas mining, construction, waste handling, and manufacturing.) Here are the top cities, all of which have seen a spike in these types of jobs since 2010:

  1. Houston, with an average blue-collar wage of $102,726
  2. Oklahoma City, $68,526
  3. Detroit, $80,964
  4. Grand Rapids, $66,157
  5. Nashville, $64,217
Click for the complete list. And note that this spike "seems likely to be more than a merely cyclical phenomenon," writes Joel Kotkin, especially given US gains in energy and manufacturing. (As for that college degree, one columnist thinks it may not be worth much.)

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Feb 4, 2014 9:20 AM CST
I hope those jobs are real !! I moved half across the country to get to mine !! It pay's to speak in Russian ...Tovarish.
Feb 3, 2014 8:29 PM CST
I now work in Houston as an Engineer and they are hiring like crazy in over here. My company alone has hired more than 30 new-hire engineers this year just here in the Houston area. There is also a lot of money to be made here if you are a craftsmen. No need for a degree to have welding skills or to develop an expertise in a craft. We create a ton of non-degree jobs for companies that can support our technical projects and equipment with their skilled labor.
Feb 3, 2014 5:12 PM CST
Michigan has two cities in the top five. Could it be that union dues pays dividends?