Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers ; Boilermakers ; Brickmasons and Blockmasons ; Stonemasons ; Carpenters ; Carpet Installers ; Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles ; Floor Sanders and Finishers ; Tile and Marble Setters ; Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers ; Terrazzo Workers and Finishers ; Construction Laborers ; Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators ; Pile-Driver Operators ; Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators ; Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers ; Tapers ; Electricians ; Glaziers ; Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall ; Insulation Workers, Mechanical ; Painters, Construction and Maintenance ; Paperhangers ; Pipelayers ; Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters ; Plasterers and Stucco Masons ; Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers ; Roofers ; Sheet Metal Workers ; Structural Iron and Steel Workers ; Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters ; Helpers--Carpenters ; Helpers--Electricians ; Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons ; Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters ; Helpers--Roofers ; Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other ; Construction and Building Inspectors ; Elevator Installers and Repairers ; Fence Erectors ; Hazardous Materials Removal Workers ; Highway Maintenance Workers ; Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators ; Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners ; Segmental Pavers ; Construction and Related Workers, All Other* ; Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas ; Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas ; Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining ; Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas ; Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters ; Continuous Mining Machine Operators ; Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators ; Mining Machine Operators, All Other ; Rock Splitters, Quarry ; Roof Bolters, Mining ; Roustabouts, Oil and Gas ; Helpers--Extraction Workers ; Extraction Workers, All Other


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,072,530 0.3 % $21.09 $43,870 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.94 $14.00 $18.79 $26.52 $34.99
Annual Wage (2) $22,760 $29,120 $39,080 $55,170 $72,780


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 955,810 57.89 $23.51 $48,900
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 555,990 77.93 $19.56 $40,690
Building Finishing Contractors 508,070 76.35 $19.76 $41,090
Nonresidential Building Construction 412,810 62.16 $22.64 $47,090
Residential Building Construction 378,740 64.03 $19.54 $40,650

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 555,990 77.93 $19.56 $40,690
Building Finishing Contractors 508,070 76.35 $19.76 $41,090
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 201,290 66.13 $21.63 $45,000
Residential Building Construction 378,740 64.03 $19.54 $40,650
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 336,140 62.62 $19.17 $39,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,900 0.82 $31.01 $64,490
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 430 0.09 $30.94 $64,360
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 1,610 0.19 $30.89 $64,250
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $29.19 $60,710
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 40 0.02 $29.08 $60,480


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 519,040 51.44 1.29 $17.46 $36,310
California 495,260 35.37 0.89 $24.94 $51,880
New York 302,350 36.24 0.91 $26.40 $54,910
Florida 274,060 38.58 0.97 $17.80 $37,030
Pennsylvania 207,440 37.83 0.95 $21.36 $44,430




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 32,620 120.85 3.03 $21.81 $45,360
New Mexico 52,360 67.34 1.69 $17.50 $36,410
West Virginia 46,310 67.30 1.69 $20.07 $41,740
North Dakota 23,710 66.66 1.67 $20.19 $42,000
Alaska 20,230 65.69 1.65 $28.84 $59,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 20,230 65.69 1.65 $28.84 $59,980
Hawaii 25,980 45.45 1.14 $28.42 $59,100
New Jersey 107,560 28.53 0.72 $26.84 $55,820
Illinois 205,920 37.25 0.93 $26.43 $54,970
New York 302,350 36.24 0.91 $26.40 $54,910

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 155,860 31.28 0.78 $29.52 $61,410
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 154,070 61.68 1.55 $18.65 $38,790
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 122,380 34.55 0.87 $27.98 $58,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 97,100 25.44 0.64 $24.34 $50,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 86,100 37.61 0.94 $21.91 $45,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 78,280 39.11 0.98 $17.54 $36,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 73,610 43.73 1.10 $19.00 $39,520
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 70,940 32.24 0.81 $18.39 $38,260
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 58,160 42.32 1.06 $23.75 $49,390
Baltimore-Towson, MD 54,460 43.96 1.10 $21.11 $43,920




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pascagoula, MS 7,360 132.69 3.33 $19.09 $39,710
Farmington, NM 6,110 127.50 3.19 $20.63 $42,910
Odessa, TX 7,090 124.61 3.12 $20.12 $41,860
Midland, TX 7,150 111.35 2.79 $20.59 $42,820
Victoria, TX 4,370 93.89 2.35 $16.79 $34,930
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 14,490 93.43 2.34 $19.05 $39,620
Longview, TX 8,100 88.21 2.21 $17.14 $35,650
Grand Junction, CO 5,000 86.95 2.18 $21.09 $43,870
Greeley, CO 6,210 82.54 2.07 $19.87 $41,320
Charleston, WV 11,660 82.48 2.07 $21.27 $44,240