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Blue collar jobs that pay better than you thought

It seems like we’re entering an era where a college degree isn’t the end all and be all of a well-paying career. In fact, blue collar jobs, which rely on apprenticeships, associate degree, and hands-on training might well help you pave your way to financial success.

If you’re keen on a career that doesn’t require a four-year college education, Adzuna is here to bring you a list of great blue collar jobs that pay VERY well. As a bonus, you can view and apply for them right here on Adzuna!


A roundup of the best paying blue collar jobs

1. Senior Piping Designer

Your role: As a senior piping designer, you’ll be drawing up plans for the construction, operation, and layout of piping that’ll move utility resources like water, petroleum, and natural gas.

Average pay: R656,250 per year

Jobs available: 36


2. Elevator Mechanic

Your role: Most blue collar jobs call for specialised skills in order to assemble and repair complex machinery. If you work as an elevator mechanic, you’ll be installing, repairing and maintaining elevators, escalators, and moving walkways.

Average pay: R434, 296 per year

Jobs available: 97


3. Boilermaker

Your role: Boilermakers construct, install, maintain and fix boilers. They also do all the installations, repairs and maintenance of closed vats and other large vessels or tanks that contain gases or hot liquids.

Average pay: R371,600 per year

Jobs available: 361


4. Refrigeration Mechanic

Your role: You might get called a refrigeration technician, but your role will involve the repair and installation of refrigeration systems. This includes industrial and residential climate-control systems like HVAC units, ice makers, beverage equipment, and cold storage units.

Average pay: R259,613 per year

Jobs available: 264


5. Instrument and Electrical Technician

Your role: Electrical technicians install, repair, and maintain electrical and electrical-related equipment like industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.

Average pay: R293, 094 per year

Jobs available: 166


6. Lineman

Your role: As a lineman, you’ll work on power lines or at power plants on lines and generators that are used for the distribution of electricity. You might also be responsible for the installation and maintenance of telephone, cable, and fibre-optic lines.

Average pay: R250, 500 per year

Jobs available: 61


7. HVAC Service Manager

Your role: HVAC service managers oversee the workers who install, fix, and maintaining heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in residences and commercial buildings.

Average pay: R435,700 per year

Jobs available: 33


Now is the time to take the next steps

Your skills and work ethic are high in demand right now. But the first thing you need to do in order to land well-paying blue collar jobs is to apply for the right jobs. If you need some help with that, Adzuna’s got what you need. We’ve got all the jobs in one place, making it easy to find and apply for your dream job. You can also sign up for job alerts, so you’re in the loop as soon as a new position becomes available!