Highway Maintenance Workers (47-4051)

Occupation description:  Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway. Excludes Tree Trimmers and Pruners (37-3013).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 136139 2.26 814
United States 149,900160,200 6.96,600 8,90016,530

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 20.3912.9015.95 19.5824.2329.09
Alaska 23.5716.1917.43 19.5130.8933.29
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 31.3124.4629.71 30.9033.2837.18
Balance of State 18.1815.8816.62 17.8519.0819.94

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
24530 12.237.5 30.2
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation56
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation21
UI claimants previously working in occupation52
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 265
Number of job position postings 33
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 8.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors

Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust   (Palmer)
Heavy Equipment Operator

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)

American Health and Safety, LLC   (Fairbanks)
Automotive Lift Training

Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)

Delta Mine Training Center   (Delta Junction)
Surface Mine Training

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Traffic Flagger Certification Certificate

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
CDL/Heavy Truck Operations Endorsement
Heavy Equipment Operations Endorsement

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
ATSSA Traffic Control Flagging / 044
Construction Equipment Training 240 Hours HE204 CDL
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Heavy Equipment Operator Training Certificate

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Flagger Certification Certificate