11 High-Paying Blue Collar Jobs with Mike Rowe


Median annual salary: $45,965

Bricklayers work with materials such as concrete, cinderblocks, tile, terra cotta, marble and brick to build and maintain walls, buildings, industrial furnaces and fireplaces.

The work is heavy, dusty and very physical. But it's also ideal for those in good shape who enjoy variety in their work, have good manual dexterity and possess a natural aptitude for math.

Bricklayers are high-school graduates and many complete apprenticeship programs with a local trade association or union.