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Inland Northwest Construction Careers

The construction industry in the Inland Northwest is a major source of jobs with high pay and great benefits. Whether you’re right out of high school, returning from military service, finishing college or looking to shift careers, there is a path to success in the construction industry. What we build is essential to our economy, national security, and local community. And as an essential part of the economy, construction is a career you can count on.

Trade Up 2 Construction is your one-stop-shop for info on construction careers, training, and jobs throughout the region, with all the resources you need to make your dreams a reality. Get started – and get paid.

 

By the Numbers

91%

of Washington construction firms surveyed are actively hiring for open skilled trades positions.

10.8%

In construction, you can earn an average of 10.8 percent more than in other industries.

$30.44

The average hourly wage for a skilled trades worker.

94%

of local construction companies have increased base pay rates in the last year.

45%

of local construction companies are providing incentives and bonuses on top of increased base pay rates.

53%

of Washington construction firms engage with career-building programs in secondary schools.

60%

of local construction firms are increasing spending on training and professional development.

38%

of Washington construction companies are using augmented and virtual reality technology in training.

"Because of my apprenticeship, I've been able to accomplish goals I didn't think were reachable before. The AGC and my career in construction have changed my life."

Lance, Carpentry Apprentice

The trades are for everyone. It doesn't matter who you are, there's a place for you here.

Kaitelynn, Operators Apprentice

I've been in this business 17 years. That stability is invaluable - my daughter does competitive cheerleading; my wife can stay home. Invest in this career, and it'll take care of you.

Roy, Ironworker Journeyman

Being able to build something with your own hands, and share that with your loved ones - that's something special. There's a new challenge every day.

Flor, Carpentry Apprentice

It's rewarding work. We're building a school from the ground up - we know we're making a difference because we can see it.

Travis, Carpentry Journeyman