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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2016
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2016

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,461.2 1,458.5 (P) 1,461.7 (P) 1,458.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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995.2 1,018.7 (P) 1,027.5  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Carpenters

305,890

Construction laborers

215,810

Construction managers

95,330

Cost estimators

39,520

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

141,060

(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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2016
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Average hourly earnings

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$29.92 $29.84 $29.55 (P) $29.98

Average weekly hours

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38.2 38.4 38.3 (P) 38.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2016
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2016
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2016

Average hourly earnings

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$25.38 $25.47 $25.37 (P) $25.80

Average weekly hours

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38.5 38.7 39.0 (P) 39.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Carpenters

20.38 22.31 42,390 46,400

Construction laborers

15.61 17.43 32,470 36,250

Construction managers

41.18 46.32 85,660 96,350

Cost estimators

29.76 32.08 61,890 66,730

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

30.08 32.13 62,570 66,840

(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 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

129 142 154 180

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

Data series 2014

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

 

Total recordable cases

3.3

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

1.9

Cases involving days away from work

1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6

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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2015
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2015
1st quarter
2016

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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227,000 229,089 230,934 (P) 230,312

Local government

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115 118 114 (P) 113

State government

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3 3 3 (P) 3

Federal government

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1 1 2 (P) 2

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: September 20, 2016