Construction of Buildings: NAICS 236

About the Construction of Buildings subsector

The construction of buildings subsector is part of the construction sector.

The Construction of Buildings subsector comprises establishments primarily responsible for the construction of buildings. The work performed may include new work, additions, alterations, or maintenance and repairs. The on-site assembly of precut, panelized, and prefabricated buildings and construction of temporary buildings are included in this subsector. Part or all of the production work for which the establishments in this subsector have responsibility may be subcontracted to other construction establishments—usually specialty trade contractors.

North American Industry Classification System

The construction of buildings subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Residential Building Construction: NAICS 2361
  • Nonresidential Building Construction: NAICS 2362

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in construction of buildings. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,314.7 1,332.7 (P) 1,332.4 (P) 1,337.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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880.1 840.8 (P) 832.8  

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Carpenters

284,200

Construction laborers

197,970

Construction managers

82,390

Cost estimators

34,780

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

119,730

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for construction of buildings.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in construction of buildings.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2013
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$27.52 $27.87 $28.04 (P) $28.29

Average weekly hours

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38.6 38.5 37.8 (P) 37.4

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2013
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$23.51 $23.73 $23.94 (P) $24.20

Average weekly hours

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39.3 38.5 38.0 (P) 37.3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Carpenters

$19.60 $21.43 $40,770 $44,570

Construction laborers

$14.96 $16.87 $31,120 $35,080

Construction managers

$39.92 $43.78 $83,030 $91,060

Cost estimators

$29.90 $31.95 $62,200 $66,450

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

$29.55 $30.94 $61,470 $64,360

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in construction of buildings. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

154 159 129 (P) 133

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

3.7 3.5 3.6 3.4

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.9 1.7 1.9 1.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.2 1.2 1.2 1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6 0.5 0.7 0.4

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in construction of buildings.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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221,037 (P) 218,241 (P) 219,958 (P) 222,162

Local government

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116 (P) 118 (P) 119 (P) 123

State government

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3 (P) 3 (P) 3 (P) 3

Federal government

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1 (P) 1 (P) 1 (P) 1

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: April 15, 2014