• Highway Maintenance Workers
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 38,660
    $28,730 range bar $49,570
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Slow Growing
  • Highway maintenance workers maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. They may patch broken or eroded pavement, repair guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. These workers may also mow or clear brush or plow snow from roads.

What do they typically do

  • Drive trucks to transport crews and equipment to work sites
  • Flag motorists to warn them of obstacles or repair work ahead
  • Remove litter and debris from roadways, including debris from rock and mud slides
  • Drive heavy equipment with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds, remove snow and ice, and spread salt and sand
  • Dump, spread, and tamp asphalt, using pneumatic tampers, to repair joints and patch broken pavement
  • Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment
  • Haul and spread sand, gravel, and clay to fill washouts and repair road shoulders
  • Set out signs and cones around work areas to divert traffic

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.3%
Job Opening 539

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Equipment Operator (EO), Highway Maintainer, Highway Maintenance Worker, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Worker, Traffic Control Flagger, Transportation Maintenance Operator, Transportation Maintenance Specialist (TMS), Transportation Worker
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