December 12, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Construction employment and wages, May 2010

Employment and mean hourly wages for workers in the largest construction occupations, May 2010
Occupation Employment Mean hourly wage

Construction laborers

777,000 $16.15

Highway maintenance workers

142,530 17.23

Painters, construction, and maintenance

189,840 18.08

Cement masons and concrete finishers

140,950 18.89

Carpenters

620,410 21.10

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

334,730 21.55

Sheet metal workers

131,600 21.98

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

358,790 24.21

Electricians

514,760 24.91

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

474,510 29.93

These data are featured in the TED article, Construction employment and wages, May 2010.

 

Mean hourly wages and employment for workers in construction occupations with the highest mean hourly wages, May 2010
Occupation Mean hourly wage Employment

Elevator installers and repairers

$33.66 20,430

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

29.93 474,510

Boilermakers

26.80 19,030

Construction and building inspectors

26.11 89,270

Pile-drive operators

25.01 4,230

Electricians

24.91 514,760

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

24.21 358,790

Brickmasons and block masons

24.09 68,520

These data are featured in the TED article, Construction employment and wages, May 2010.

 

 

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