Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
5,477,820 0.3 % $22.88 $47,580 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.05 $15.22 $20.33 $28.48 $37.87
Annual Wage (2) $25,050 $31,650 $42,280 $59,240 $78,770


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 1,052,170 55.51 $25.43 $52,900
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 614,060 76.96 $20.97 $43,620
Building Finishing Contractors 545,190 74.95 $21.17 $44,040
Residential Building Construction 427,500 62.82 $20.80 $43,260
Nonresidential Building Construction 421,360 58.20 $24.57 $51,120

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 614,060 76.96 $20.97 $43,620
Building Finishing Contractors 545,190 74.95 $21.17 $44,040
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 211,560 66.79 $23.67 $49,240
Residential Building Construction 427,500 62.82 $20.80 $43,260
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 387,560 62.59 $20.73 $43,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities 60 0.01 $35.68 $74,220
Scheduled Air Transportation 540 0.13 $35.18 $73,170
Motion Picture and Video Industries 7,460 1.91 $33.58 $69,850
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 13,390 3.41 $33.26 $69,180
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 1,670 0.18 $33.17 $68,990


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 594,100 51.34 1.29 $19.99 $41,590
California 559,520 36.11 0.91 $26.56 $55,240
New York 324,000 36.06 0.91 $29.62 $61,610
Florida 318,230 40.15 1.01 $18.03 $37,500
Pennsylvania 221,040 38.72 0.97 $23.51 $48,900



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 31,720 111.75 2.81 $23.87 $49,660
North Dakota 46,770 104.43 2.63 $25.04 $52,080
Alaska 23,780 72.66 1.83 $31.39 $65,300
West Virginia 47,600 67.33 1.69 $21.28 $44,260
New Mexico 52,990 66.39 1.67 $19.72 $41,020



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 23,780 72.66 1.83 $31.39 $65,300
Hawaii 29,680 47.88 1.21 $29.78 $61,930
New York 324,000 36.06 0.91 $29.62 $61,610
Illinois 178,580 30.51 0.77 $29.36 $61,070
Massachusetts 110,710 32.59 0.82 $28.67 $59,630




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 201,770 31.14 0.78 $31.75 $66,040
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX