Construction Apprenticeships Lead to Higher Average Pay Than College Degrees in Illinois

Construction Dive article by Kim Slowey

Using 2018 data, the study authors found that by midcareer, those who completed a union construction apprenticeship were making an average hourly wage of $40.40, while those who obtained a bachelor's degree were making $35.28 per hour. Both first-year union ($19.15 per hour) and nonunion ($16.54) workers had a higher hourly wage than those with high school diplomas or their equivalents.

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