Many people today believe the only way to earn a big salary is to have a college degree. But most of those people fail to realize that hands-on labor workers, without a degree, can get paid just as much money as those with one. Several Texas cities — including Austin and San Antonio — are among those expecting the fastest growth in skilled labor jobs and the most competitive pay. Here are the top three, best-paid, skilled labor jobs around today.
Average Salary: $73,000
Top Salary: $101,000
Elevator technicians handle assembling, installation and repairs of elevators, escalators and moving walkways (like in the airport). It’s a serious and tough job, and the training is the longest of the top three skilled labor jobs – but it looks like it’s worth it. Four years of an apprenticeship and the minimum of a high school diploma are required to become an elevator mechanic. Although it may take longer to become certified, the good news is that salaries continue to grow in the elevator industry. After just five years of experience, top earners can make up to $101,000 as an elevator mechanic.
Average Salary: $50,000
Top Salary: $92,000
Being a plumber doesn’t exactly sound like the best or highest paying job out there, but it’s much more than fixing clogged toilets. Plumbers install and repair multiple things including garbage disposals, gas systems and more. With some technical training, you can be on your way to becoming one of the top paid plumbers in the state.
Average Salary: $49,000
Top Salary: $70,000
HVAC workers are skilled in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to control a thermostat. It’s a little more work to become an AC tech. but what’s a little effort when you can earn top dollar? This specific industry is up 21% in demand, so there are plenty of San Antonio AC companies hiring new technicians.
If you’re interested in becoming an AC technician, give Champion AC a call today!
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.