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Industries at a Glance
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Real Estate: NAICS 531

About the Real Estate subsector

The real estate subsector is part of the real estate and rental and leasing sector.

Industries in the Real Estate subsector group establishments that are primarily engaged in renting or leasing real estate to others; managing real estate for others; selling, buying, or renting real estate for others; and providing other real estate related services, such as appraisal services.

This subsector includes equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) that are primarily engaged in leasing buildings, dwellings, or other real estate property to others.

North American Industry Classification System

The real estate subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Lessors of Real Estate: NAICS 5311
  • Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers: NAICS 5312
  • Activities Related to Real Estate: NAICS 5313

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in real estate. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

Data series Back
data
Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,747.0 1,756.7 (p)1,765.0 (p)1,768.3

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,282.0 1,299.4 (p)1,303.7  

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

4.7% 2.7% 2.6% 3.7%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

52,970

General and operations managers

49,080

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

25,390

Office clerks, general

112,300

Property, real estate, and community association managers

175,100

Real estate brokers

39,440

Real estate sales agents

132,710

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for real estate.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in real estate.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
data
May
2021
Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$30.66 $30.47 $30.75 (p)$31.07

Average weekly hours

36.0 35.1 35.0 (p)35.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
May
2021
Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$24.82 $24.65 $24.70 (p)$24.84

Average weekly hours

35.3 34.6 34.6 (p)35.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

$20.29 $21.17 $42,210 $44,030

General and operations managers

$48.75 $61.08 $101,390 $127,040

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

$14.99 $15.97 $31,190 $33,210

Office clerks, general

$16.75 $17.92 $34,850 $37,270

Property, real estate, and community association managers

$27.60 $33.32 $57,410 $69,310

Real estate brokers

$28.83 $39.31 $59,980 $81,760

Real estate sales agents

$21.79 $28.47 $45,310 $59,210

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in real estate. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

65 48 49 64

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2019

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.1

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.0

Cases involving days away from work

0.7

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.3

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in real estate.

Establishments

Data series Back
data
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020
1st quarter
2021

Number of establishments

Private industry

368,882 373,821 381,553 (p)383,930

Local government

1,742 1,736 1,731 (p)1,726

State government

26 26 26 (p)26

Federal government

2 3 3 (p)3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: October 15, 2021