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Illinois Drywall Tapers Among the ‘best-paying Jobs in Homebuilding’

Surprising as it may seem, drywall tapers in Illinois take home more pay than other skilled trades such as carpenters, but they also top the wages of people working in management positions in the homebuilding sector in the state.

It is one of the findings of a report titled The Best-Paying Jobs in Homebuilding, published by Fixr.com, a home improvement resource that connects homeowners with professionals by providing cost information and industry related news.

The report, which identifies the top 20 paying occupations in several job class categories across the U.S., is based on data from Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, says Fixr’s Charlotte Granville, author of the report and a home remodeling specialist.

The report is broken down into four job categories: management, design, onsite labor (trades) and other, which includes cost estimators and realtors. Fixr includes a map in its report showing the locations of the best-paying jobs, state-by-state.

In the trades category, tapers were the highest paid, averaging $62,480 a year while brick and block masons were close behind at $59,130 across the U.S. Hazardous waste removal workers came in third at more than $54,000, about $2,000 more annually than carpenters who placed fourth in Fixr’s report.

Source : Daily News