Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
5,290,270 0.3 % $22.40 $46,600 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.74 $14.91 $19.90 $28.03 $36.95
Annual Wage (2) $24,430 $31,000 $41,380 $58,310 $76,860


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 998,150 55.24 $25.06 $52,130
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 577,630 76.61 $20.54 $42,720
Building Finishing Contractors 518,150 74.51 $20.51 $42,660
Nonresidential Building Construction 410,090 59.40 $23.81 $49,530
Residential Building Construction 407,210 63.49 $20.29 $42,210

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 577,630 76.61 $20.54 $42,720
Building Finishing Contractors 518,150 74.51 $20.51 $42,660
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 203,950 66.71 $23.15 $48,160
Residential Building Construction 407,210 63.49 $20.29 $42,210
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 368,620 62.60 $20.17 $41,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 40 (7) $36.54 $76,000
Scheduled Air Transportation 460 0.11 $35.17 $73,150
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 13,300 3.41 $32.37 $67,340
Tobacco Manufacturing 480 3.63 $31.92 $66,390
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 6,130 3.24 $31.62 $65,770


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 584,240 52.03 1.33 $19.42 $40,400
California 529,490 35.02 0.89 $26.06 $54,200
New York 304,510 34.56 0.88 $28.71 $59,720
Florida 288,430 37.63 0.96 $17.79 $37,000
Pennsylvania 219,800 38.88 0.99 $22.95 $47,730



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 32,860 116.24 2.97 $23.63 $49,140
North Dakota 47,060 106.85 2.73 $24.35 $50,650
Alaska 23,450 72.17 1.84 $30.57 $63,590
West Virginia 49,590 70.07 1.79 $21.00 $43,690
New Mexico 53,380 67.74 1.73 $19.46 $40,470



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 23,450 72.17 1.84 $30.57 $63,590
Illinois 178,280 30.92 0.79 $29.20 $60,730
Hawaii 27,990 45.69 1.17 $29.01 $60,350
New York 304,510 34.56 0.88 $28.71 $59,720
Massachusetts 104,620 31.49 0.80 $27.89 $58,010




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 174,150 61.25 1.56 $20.81 $43,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 158,530 29.40 0.75 $31.60 $65,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 104,350 27.81 0.71 $31.88 $66,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 100,140 24.69 0.63 $26.05 $54,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 85,470 35.94 0.92 $22.92 $47,680
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 82,460 36.84 0.94 $18.04 $37,520
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 80,560 44.12 1.13 $20.34 $42,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 75,320 31.54 0.81 $19.23 $40,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 60,870 41.00 1.05 $24.72 $51,420
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 60,020 45.28 1.16 $21.64 $45,020