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

(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.)

The skyline of Houston.
The skyline of Houston.   (Shutterstock)
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