Highway Maintenance Worker

Construct, improve, and maintain roads.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Highway Maintenance Workers do?

When the sun comes out, road construction crews blanket the highways, interstates, and city streets. They pave new roads, widen existing streets, and repave those that are in disrepair. A Highway Maintenance Worker spends their days making repairs to those surfaces, and maintaining the surrounding area to keep travelers safe.

When you’re a Highway Maintenance Worker, each day sees you at a different location. You check in every morning to find out where you’re headed. With job instructions in hand, you drive a company truck to the site.

Under the warmth of the summer sun, you locate and fill potholes on city, state, or county roads, or even airport runways. You look for cracks in the asphalt, or chunks that have fallen off the edge that could cause damage to vehicles.

In addition, you do maintenance work along the side of the road. During nice weather, that means mowing tall grass that could obstruct views. In winter, you might apply de-icer, or plow snow from the surface.

You also perform repairs on guardrails and highway markers. On top of all this, you might trim branches, bushes, or overgrowth that encroach on the road, or those that fall during a storm.

Working roadside can be dangerous so Highway Maintenance Workers are always vigilant of safety. You wear the appropriate clothes, lay out safety cones, and direct traffic around the work area. Thanks to your hard work, the rest of us can appreciate well-maintained roads.

Should I be a Highway Maintenance Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Caltrans Equipment Operator, Caltrans Landscape Maintenance Worker, Highway Maintainer See More

    How to Become a
    Highway Maintenance Worker

    Most Highway Maintenance Workers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaaaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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