We welcome our clients, candidates, and friends to the first issue of “The Xemplar Wage Report” for Salt Lake City, a comprehensive analysis of current tradesmen wages in the region based on Xemplar’s proprietary data from client job orders and job placements during the period. We offer this report as a chance for you to gain an edge on the competition by knowing exactly what tradesmen are earning in the Salt Lake City area.
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In the second half of 2019, we continued to see tightening of the tradesmen labor market in Salt Lake City. Many clients reported a lack of available tradesmen as the #1 limitation to their business growth. In remarks, we often heard that “plenty of business is available, if I could just find the tradespeople.” We also have observed an increased recognition on the part of high-quality trades employers that reasonable wages and thoughtful benefits are an essential combined toolset required to attract quality, long-term tradesmen.
Wages for all combined trades categories offered a breadth of pay levels ranging from an average of $14.84 for entry-level positions up to $30.74 with 10-years of experience. The mid-range of 5-years experience represented an average wage of $21.26 per hour. The average wage for a tradesperson is Salt Lake City in the second half of 2019 was $20. A wide range of entry-level positions continue to be available to new tradespeople including manufacturing production, machine operating, shop helper and yard technician. In some cases, such as welding, “entry-level” often means little to no work experience, but also the completion of a trades certificate course.
Equipment Mechanics remain in high demand throughout the Salt Lake Valley and represented an attractive trades category for tradesmen with an entry-level wage average of $17.50 and a wage at 10-years of experience of $31.50. Equipment Mechanics with 5-years of experience received an average wage of $23.27.
Maintenance Mechanics received an average wage of $18.00 for 2-years of experience and an average wage of $25.17 at 6-years of experience. Maintenance Mechanics with 5-years of experience received an average wage of $24.33.
Welders earned an average wage of $15.83 for entry-level positions up to $24.67 for 7-years of experience. Welders with 5-years of experience received an average wage of $21.95.
CNC Machinists drew the highest total average wage of $23.30 in our report with an average wage of $16.00 for 1-year of experience up to $31.33 for 9-years of experience. CNC Machinists with 5-years of experience received an average wage of $23.05.
CDL Drivers in our study received an average wage of $20.50 at 2-years of experience and $21.50 at 4-years of experience.
Delivery Drivers received our lowest average wage of $17.33 in our report with a wage of $14.50 for 1-year of experience going up to $20.00 for 6-years of experience.