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

By Kim Slowey, Construction Dive 

The Illinois Economic Policy Institute, in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign's Project for Middle Class Renewal, released the results of a study that found that those enrolled in joint labor-management registered apprenticeships experience comparable training hours, graduation rates and pay as those who attend a four-year university in Illinois. 

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.

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