A blue collar worker is a term used to describe employees who are paid an hourly wage, rather than a salary. The term can also be used more restrictively to only describe people who are engaged in manual labor. Examples of positions commonly considered to fall within the blue collar classification are:
- Construction workers
- Custodial workers
- Maintenance workers
- Mining workers
- Production workers
- Warehousing workers
These types of jobs tend to require a lower educational level, though a professional certification may be required.
Blue collar workers may be compared to white collar workers, who are usually salaried employees who work in an office environment.