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

Data series Back
data
Mar.
2015
Apr.
2015
May
2015
Jun.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

Jump to page with historical data
1,411.1 1,404.9 (P) 1,409.6 (P) 1,408.0

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

Jump to page with historical data
896.6 908.4 (P) 933.0  

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Carpenters

299,000

Construction laborers

206,020

Construction managers

87,910

Cost estimators

36,700

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

130,710

(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

Data series Back
data
Feb.
2015
Mar.
2015
Apr.
2015
May
2015

Average hourly earnings

Jump to page with historical data
$29.05 $29.19 $29.14 (P) $29.06

Average weekly hours

Jump to page with historical data
37.9 38.0 38.1 (P) 38.3

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Feb.
2015
Mar.
2015
Apr.
2015
May
2015

Average hourly earnings

Jump to page with historical data
$24.52 $24.63 $24.77 (P) $24.65

Average weekly hours

Jump to page with historical data
37.6 38.2 38.4 (P) 38.8

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Carpenters

19.86 21.82 41,300 45,380

Construction laborers

15.17 17.07 31,560 35,500

Construction managers

40.17 44.47 83,560 92,500

Cost estimators

29.91 31.81 62,200 66,170

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

29.70 31.27 61,780 65,030

(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 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

159 129 142 154

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

 

Total recordable cases

3.5 3.6 3.4 3.3

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

1.7 1.9 1.8 1.9

Cases involving days away from work

1.2 1.2 1.4 1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5 0.7 0.4 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

Data series Back
data
1st quarter
2014
2nd quarter
2014
3rd quarter
2014
4th quarter
2014

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

Jump to page with historical data
(P) 219,313 (P) 222,878 (P) 225,338 (P) 227,206

Local government

Jump to page with historical data
(P) 118 (P) 120 (P) 124 (P) 125

State government

Jump to page with historical data
(P) 3 (P) 3 (P) 3 (P) 3

Federal government

Jump to page with historical data
(P) 1 (P) 1 (P) 1 (P) 1

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: July 02, 2015