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Which would, by itself, support our contention that some trades earn more than some degreed professions: at the very least, electrical linemen earn more on average than elementary-school teachers.

Not on a per-hour basis, which was the original contention to which you responded.

From the source - YOUR source, by the way -

Power-line installers have a median hourly pay of $24.41 for regular time. We provided documentation of a GROUP of these people who routinely earn more than $100,000 per year, which at 70 hours per week for 50 weeks comes to an average rate of $28.57.

Elementary school teachers have a mean annual pay of $48,700. At 50 hours per week (and the teachers I've known well enough to comment on, ALL worked longer hours than that) for 40 weeks that's $24.35 per hour worked.

Perhaps you need to consult one of them about which of these hourly rates is greater.

But I would add:

Construction managers move up from the TRADES of construction workers, more often than they come from college. They earn, directly reading of the BLS chart (so no allowance for overtime), $35.43 median per hour.

First-line supervisors of construction workers, even more likely to be promoted from the trades (actually, often an in-between position that both manages the trades and practices them): $25.89 median.

Elevator installers/repairmen: $30.59 median per hour.

Power-plant electrical-equipment repairmen: $27.60.

Power-plant operators: $26.44.

Gas-plant operators: $25.80.

Locomotive engineers $27.88.

Railroad conductors and yardmasters $26.70

Plainly, according to the BLS, there are trades that routinely get paid more for hour - STRAIGHT TIME - than some college-education-required jobs.

Yes, there are many more trades that get paid less. But the only one insisting on a universal statement was you.
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