Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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 ; Solar Photovoltaic Installers ; 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)
4,978,290 0.3 % $21.61 $44,960 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.15 $14.37 $19.29 $27.19 $35.61
Annual Wage (2) $23,190 $29,900 $40,120 $56,560 $74,070


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 908,270 54.62 $24.39 $50,740
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 522,250 75.88 $19.84 $41,260
Building Finishing Contractors 465,670 74.27 $19.88 $41,340
Nonresidential Building Construction 393,310 60.02 $23.15 $48,150
Residential Building Construction 363,310 63.63 $19.67 $40,920

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 522,250 75.88 $19.84 $41,260
Building Finishing Contractors 465,670 74.27 $19.88 $41,340
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 202,450 66.67 $22.52 $46,840
Residential Building Construction 363,310 63.63 $19.67 $40,920
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 340,080 62.74 $19.51 $40,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 100 0.12 $33.71 $70,120
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,980 1.11 $33.58 $69,840
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation (8) (8) $33.57 $69,820
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 2,890 0.33 $31.60 $65,730
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 300 0.06 $31.16 $64,820


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 542,430 51.27 1.34 $18.12 $37,690
California 459,670 32.14 0.84 $25.87 $53,820
New York 293,090 34.31 0.90 $27.61 $57,430
Florida 251,220 34.54 0.90 $17.68 $36,760
Pennsylvania 224,030 40.03 1.05 $21.81 $45,360




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 33,770 121.47 3.18 $22.21 $46,200
North Dakota 38,220 94.76 2.48 $21.92 $45,580
West Virginia 51,540 72.54 1.90 $21.44 $44,600
Alaska 20,580 64.57 1.69 $29.39 $61,120
New Mexico 49,490 63.95 1.67 $18.71 $38,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 20,580 64.57 1.69 $29.39 $61,120
Hawaii 24,330 41.37 1.08 $29.36 $61,060
New York 293,090 34.31 0.90 $27.61 $57,430
New Jersey 101,430 26.74 0.70 $27.15 $56,480
Massachusetts 94,390 29.48 0.77 $27.00 $56,160





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 154,610 58.55 1.53 $19.26 $40,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150,220 29.13 0.76 $31.04 $64,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 114,390 31.42 0.82 $27.41 $57,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 89,830 23.21 0.61 $26.01 $54,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 82,620 35.26 0.92 $22.76 $47,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 79,010 37.68 0.99 $17.60 $36,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 72,910 42.15 1.10 $19.30 $40,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 64,470 28.50 0.75 $19.42 $40,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 54,440 29.86 0.78 $24.85 $51,680
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 54,070 38.32 1.00 $25.23 $52,480