7 TRADE JOBS In 2023 That Pay Way More Than You Would Expect!! (Rising Wages…2023 And Onwards!)

7 TRADE JOBS In 2023 That Pay Way More Than You Would Expect!! (Rising Wages…2023 And Onwards!)

Looking to find a high-paying trade job? Or to SWITCH jobs or fields in the trades?? This short video from The Honest Carpenter will reveal seven of the highest-paying skilled trade labor jobs for 2023 and onwards!

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7 TRADE JOBS That Pay Way More You Would Expect!! (Rising Wages…2023 And Onwards!)

Many trade jobs pay much more than people expect, and figures are actually rising in 2023. These 7 skilled labor jobs are amongst those with the fastest rising pay nationwide.

REMEMBER: Figures are based on the 3-YEAR NATIONAL AVERAGE. So, pay for all of these jobs tends to increase with additional years of experience.

7 TRADE JOBS That Pay Way More You Would Expect:

1. Solar Installer
2. Mechatronics
3. Plumber
4. Elevator Technician
5. HVAC Tech / Electrician
6. Heavy Equipment Mechanic
7. Fire Service Inspector

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The Honest Carpenter


  1. Farmer Nate on June 24, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Less than 5 years experience as an Industrial Mechanic making $80k/year living in an area where the average HOUSEHOLD income is $40k/year. Life is good.

  2. CuriousCat on June 24, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    This is great – I’m always encouraging young people to get into the trades. Most of them however, don’t even want to go outside and play much less do hard physical work. But for those who do – I also advise to plan long-term. Most tradespeople either work their way into management or start their own business as a contractor. Those who stay at labor level have to retire fairly young when their bodies wear out. Physical fitness is paramount, and SAVE for retirement. Office workers can work into their 90’s, not plumbers and heavy equipment operators.

  3. Lord of the Flies on June 24, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Honestly, my reasons a few years ago for not joining the trade jobs was because I felt I wasnt cut out for it. The jobs seemed too "masculine" and i felt i was too much of what the conservative types call a ‘soyboy’ to possibly ever join. But the other tenant in my apartment is a gay guy who is very effeminate in looks and voice and he knows carpentry, some mechanic work and he owns one trailer and daycab. He kind of inspired me to just throw myself out there and now i have a CDL. Its limited, but its a start somewhere. But maintaining a CDL is hard so now im looking to throw my hat in the ring for other trade jobs in case this doesnt work out for me. Im thinking of having at least 3 trade skills i want to learn. Ive already done minimum wage jobs and i will never again accept that starvation wage as viable choice for me.

  4. BoxHeadZombie on June 24, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    So as someone who is looking to broaden his experience where would I apply.

  5. Vaugn on June 24, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Railroaders are tradesmen and get paid alot

  6. Edward Thegreat1 on June 24, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Will complete my 2nd year plumbing in June, started at 18 and now make 26 with lots and lots of OT and commission on sales.

  7. Milfordbeach on June 24, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    I got my associates degree in electrical installation, then got my maintenance electricians license. At that time, the apprenticeship was four years. If you wanted to work for a union contractor, the union required you to REPEAT your classes at night.
    The apprenticeship has increased to six years! Not very appealing….

  8. Arby The Painter on June 24, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    I make $70 an hour as a residential painter.

  9. Claudy Focan on June 24, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    I guess I ended up between heavy equipment mechanic and electrician 😆

    I did a college degree as a electromechanic. First a year of internship in heavy equipment and industrial repair companies. Welding, machining, mechanical work. But also rewinding electric motors and transformers, repairs and revisions on electric motors from palm sized stepper motors to 15ton synchronous machines 💀

    I finished school with honors, got hired by a large dredging and offshore company. They sent my ass to some 3rd world gutter to work as an electrician on a large dredging ship. Being an electrician on a ship is no joke.

    They said “ah they will teach you everything” in the office 😆 but they tossed me right into expert level shit. My boss has been an electrician for 50y. 42 of which on ships. He used to do tankers, LNG ships, lifestock, containers, reefer ships (large floating fridges basically) according to this guy its all peanuts compared to a TSHD. It was built in the early 90’s. So a lot of old school analog control systems. Almost everything is controlled by relays. It still uses 70’s tech thyristor drives. A lot of shit starts to break due to old age alone also.

    I like the variety in it, electrician doesn’t fully catch it. More electromechanic. I have spent hours with chainblocks, Things most electricians don’t do.
    Its a very steep learning curve, its hard work, the environment is fucked up, space is at a premium. But you get to learn and try so many things. All paid by a multi billion euro company 😆

    You go all across the world and you are very well paid.

    My alternative was to work as a heavy equipment mechanic, as I live close to the largest caterpillar shop in the country. This offshore job pays double netto what I could earn here in the country 💀 its insane. You work for 6 weeks 84h a week without a break. But then you go home for 6 weeks, paid.

    So I will start a business by myself once I have more experience and equipment, over time I hope to leave the ships and work fulltime for myself. Hopefully opening a small machine shop to fix machines. Make parts, small welding projects etc.

    My boss is 67 and will retire after his birthday in October. I have immense respect for this guy that he still does this at his age, but no way in hell that I will retire on a dredging ship.

  10. Tulika Patea on June 24, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Yoooo, I was a fire service inspector for a year and a half. Started out $13 and ended at $15. There were technicians there with 6-8 years under their belt sitting around $20-$25. I would love to know where their getting $44 an hour after three years. I’d hop right back in.

  11. coolramone on June 24, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    1. Solar Installer $32/hr
    2. Mechatronics $29/hr (to $100)
    3. Plumber $30/hr
    4. Elevator Tech $40/hr
    5. HVAC Tech & Electrician $34/hr
    6. Heavy Equipment Mechanic $40/hr
    7. Fire Service Inspector $44/hr

  12. Rick on June 24, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    The real problem is what happens in years 5, 10 and 30. The only trade people that have made real money I know had to start their own business. Some succeeded, most didn’t and ended up back at the company charging them out at 4x their hourly earnings.

  13. Magnum Johnson on June 24, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    I’m surprised linemen didn’t make the list. Out here in southern California ibew 47 linemen make between 200-400k troublemen make between 300-600k per year. All overtime is doubletime. Fatigue pay etc. And that’s working for a utility. Many outside linemen make 300k a year and only work 7 months a year. Base pay right around 70 per hour for linemen

  14. Geri Ruby on June 24, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    I make more doing gig work

  15. Mr Autospec on June 24, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    As a truck driver, I`m offended!
    Nah, just kidding, Good luck to all of us…

  16. Hugh Franklin on June 24, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    I’m in ohio and he aint lying..eco plumbing us EVERYWHERE 🤦🏿‍♂️

  17. Static MiN3 on June 24, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Unskilled labours in AUS start at $50. Plumbers can earn 300K a year.

  18. J. Johnson on June 24, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    The essential problem isn’t that people don’t want to do trades. It’s the difficulty to get into the trades. And the lack of compensation by the older generation and the traits. Why would anyone bust their butt day and day out for $15 an hour? When you can go to McDonald’s and make that. In order for the trades to be fixed, the people that are already in the trades need to have a mindset change. You can’t pay someone eight dollars an hour because you made eight dollars an hour 30 years ago starting out.

  19. Todd Forney on June 24, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Loved this video. People spend $250K or more to get a college degree in philosophy or sociology, and complain when they can’t get more than minimum wage at Starbucks. These are the real jobs that give you a good shot at making great money to support your family and won’t be replaced by robots for a long time, if ever. You’ll have plenty of money to tip your Starbucks barista. Thank you.

  20. Solo-_-Juu762 on June 24, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    I wanted to be a carpenter / contractor or do construction but ima pursue plumbing/ electrician 🙌🏾

  21. David Brewer on June 24, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Obviously a US study… Here in Canada there is demand for these trades, but the unions here have them by the throat & apprenticeships are required to get your provincial license which can take you 5 years or more. I spent 30 years in electronics before I moved here in 2001 but have struggled here because I am expected to start at the bottom. No employer will take a 40+ apprentice, they all want a kid of 20… Electrical, mechatronics & plumbing have very long academic requirements which means you will be a junior for 5 or more years. I recently moved into heavy equipment starting with elevated platforms for a real mickey mouse outfit with a big name. The reason I was able to do this is because the nature of the machines is increasingly electro technical & they are such a crap company they were willing to hire someone with zero experience in their type of equipment in a candidate drought. I recently departed from this terrible place & now work for a well known DIY chain (the orange one) with their large rental machines (mini excavators, skid steers, tractors, trenchers, stump grinders etc.). Initially I shied away from them because they have a reputation for bad pay but kept an open mind. Turns out they are paying more than the crap firm I worked for!… without the bullshit!

  22. Randy Estrada on June 24, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    Just curious which trade is the fastest to learn

  23. Jamjam_ on June 24, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    How do you get into mechatronics?

  24. Chris and Max on June 24, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    I have been doing HVAC/sheet metal mechanic for almost 40 years now.all my years for the same company.
    Trade work does pay and benefits very well but there is a down side to this kind of work maybe you should address.it takes a terrible toll on your body.most if not all older techs suffer with health problems.myself,my knees,hands and have chronic back problems and pain.

    I don’t have kids but if my son came up to me and asked about getting into HVAC I probably would tell him not too for the wearing out your body

  25. john fisher on June 24, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    drywaller here. I don’t even know how much I make. I dont file taxes so i dont keep track. 1099’s go in the trash. Government can suck it, prove I’m a taxpayer.

  26. Steven Ray on June 24, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Ya if I’m going to work that hard or with the dangers that come from Construction type work then were talking 100k a year after 3 year investment of time and work or I would not even consider it. It’s hard dirty dangerous work. For the lesser then 100k range there are other safer easier jobs or just flat out working for myself even. But people don’t work for them self’s do to Government regulations.

  27. Junior Palomera-Garcia on June 24, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    carpenter formen here in california making 50 dollars an hour working for a company best way to make money as a carpenter is work for yourself… ive done side work… i base my bid at around 75-100 an hour plus 20% overhead for travel and profit

  28. crunkwizard on June 24, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Aim for getting Your licenses Gentleman. I live in Texas and My Electrical career has not been linear. I spent lots of years not getting My State verified Hours and worked with employers who avoided getting me My Hours. I have no regrets and I have been able to learn a lot more but If I would have had My license I would have lived more comfortable and been able to find the right employers who have My back. Hope everyone has a successful career in any field they choose.

  29. Tom Young on June 24, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Sure I made 100k as a tradesman but it busted up my body pretty bad. Now I’m doing the automation integration and my body is starting to heal

    I’d rather my grandson skip out of the busted up body thing

  30. Ivan Aslan on June 24, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    Truck driver beats all of these and has not been mentioned once lol

  31. Derek Diggs on June 24, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    I’ll vouch for number2. Mechatronics is a high paying job. I make over 100k a year

  32. Henry Kalel on June 24, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    5 out of seven nice handyman here all technical

  33. THE LEADING INDICATOR on June 24, 2023 at 1:44 pm


  34. Ethan Heyne on June 24, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    I know a couple homeschooled farm boys who never even considered college, just went straight into specialty welding and trucking. They had plenty of time and were flexible about location and made money hand over fist, starting at 17 and 18 years old. A kid can learn a lot of skills given the chance for hands-on learning and the expectation that they’ll be productive.

  35. david mengle on June 24, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    Really good information but any good union trade job in Pennsylvania will pay you around 60 thousand or more a year plus a pension and health care.

  36. Steve Hartman on June 24, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    Too much put into college/diploma mills n not enuf on vocational schooling. Vocational tech teaches trades n we need them to rebuild our infrastructure..ever since Reagan sold our industry to China there’s little place for trades so the only jobs r as service secto/fast food wait a go Ronnie. Instead of bringing back the by now antiquated inefficient industry which they’ll do if we give the rich another tax break and accept low wages w no benefits we need to innovate and form co_ops from the same workers who operated these machines with promotions from within. Use Mondragon as your role model. With bosses only making 2 1/2 more. Let the Chinese keep their antiquated machines.

  37. Alexy Rodionov on June 24, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    I have question* what is about which type suggest for Deaf career Friendly Trade job? Because communicate challenge.


  38. Andrew Dubois on June 24, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    I am retiring from the Navy after 20 years of service this July and will be joining the Carpentry trade. Cant wait!

  39. Phillip Raffle on June 24, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    No. Trades have a toxicity problem.

  40. Loffy on June 24, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    I work for a skilled staffing company. Remember, those are 3 year pay rates where the tradesperson is still an apprentice! Journeymen for those trades earn much more!

  41. bad awesome on June 24, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Trades are great as long as you can physically do the work. When you are in your 20’s you think you are invincible but for many you need to get away from physical work by your 50’s unless you want to go on disability or be destitute.

  42. J S on June 24, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    What about red seal chefs, 15 years ago no chef jobs but lots of minimum short order cook jobs, most restaurants turned to just heating everything up from cans, and package foods

  43. Matt weisgerber on June 24, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    When a skilled worker is making similar wage as a burger flipper, most quit. I didn’t make any money till I went out on my own, now I hire people for more than I ever made. Diesel mechanic

  44. PacCka on June 24, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t know if you view comments on older videos but I have a serious question, are there any trade jobs I can look for that don’t require college? I know I may be asking a stupid question but I’m an extremely hard worker you have no idea but don’t ever get the opportunities to progress or promotions. I’ve been paid like shit and have out performed people with experience. I know it’s a long shot but I just figured I would ask. Money is tight right now and most jobs won’t hire you unless you have experience.

  45. BoxHeadZombie on June 24, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    I’m a quiet dude and I’m reliable conservative , not a liberal, have no nouns or pronouns i call everyone sir and mam. Just still looking.

  46. Solar Tech on June 24, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    As a solar contractor, you can do very well in this feild

  47. Pedro Gomez on June 24, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    How about CDL

  48. Benjamin Foutty on June 24, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    HVAC tech makes very good money. I am 19 years old and took a 6 month trade program and within my first year I am making around 60k and know plenty of guys making 100-120k+ in the field. That being said residential has become very sales oriented so if sales is something you’re not looking to do it can be draining. Already thinking about switching to a career where I am not being pushed for revenue. If you enjoy sales you can easily make over 100k in the first few years. I recommend switching companies though as I got a $7 an hour raise after 6 months in the field as most companies need help and are willing to dish out sign on bonuses but your first company will likely not be willing to give such a significant raise.

  49. Chappy on June 24, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    I fix electronics in the oilfield. Too much overtime.

  50. killacleeeve on June 24, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    I want to pursue a trade, but I’m afraid of the physical toll it would take after years/a decent career. Should I just make sure I’m stretching daily and lifting properly? lol