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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 Stone 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 and Escalator 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 ; Miscellaneous Construction and Related Workers ; Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas ; Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas ; Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas ; Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining ; Continuous Mining Machine Operators ; Roof Bolters, Mining ; Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining ; Rock Splitters, Quarry ; Roustabouts, Oil and Gas ; Helpers--Extraction Workers ; Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters ; Underground Mining Machine Operators and 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)
6,194,140 0.3 % $25.28 $52,580 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.66 $17.08 $22.80 $30.74 $41.26
Annual Wage (2) $28,420 $35,530 $47,430 $63,940 $85,810


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 1,218,800 54.73 $27.93 $58,090
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 713,540 76.23 $23.74 $49,380
Building Finishing Contractors 621,160 73.98 $23.56 $49,000
Residential Building Construction 486,420 60.07 $23.31 $48,480
Nonresidential Building Construction 477,300 57.22 $27.57 $57,350

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 713,540 76.23 $23.74 $49,380
Building Finishing Contractors 621,160 73.98 $23.56 $49,000
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 232,990 66.21 $26.11 $54,310
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 453,220 63.91 $23.27 $48,400
Residential Building Construction 486,420 60.07 $23.31 $48,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 310 0.03 $39.99 $83,180
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 60 0.31 $38.02 $79,080
Insurance Carriers 300 0.02 $37.06 $77,090
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 260 0.32 $36.76 $76,460
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 270 0.09 $35.73 $74,320


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)
California 688,660 39.62 0.94 $29.52 $61,400
Texas 656,840 52.84 1.25 $21.83 $45,410
Florida 413,620 47.03 1.12 $20.16 $41,930
New York 358,350 37.63 0.89 $31.92 $66,390
Pennsylvania 228,210 38.67 0.92 $26.22 $54,530




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 28,600 104.64 2.48 $25.71 $53,470
North Dakota 36,180 85.63 2.03 $26.50 $55,110
West Virginia 49,250 70.15 1.66 $23.87 $49,660
New Mexico 54,990 66.77 1.58 $21.59 $44,910
Louisiana 125,700 65.40 1.55 $22.54 $46,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 31,010 48.79 1.16 $33.93 $70,570
Illinois 187,210 31.07 0.74 $33.14 $68,940
Alaska 18,570 58.57 1.39 $31.94 $66,430
New York 358,350 37.63 0.89 $31.92 $66,390
Massachusetts 131,900 36.44 0.86 $31.50 $65,520





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 334,620 34.66 0.82 $33.59 $69,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 199,790 32.02 0.76 $28.94 $60,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 193,950 63.55 1.51 $23.25 $48,350
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 149,510 40.89 0.97 $21.27 $44,240
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 142,150 30.40 0.72 $34.92 $72,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 117,590 36.99 0.88 $25.52 $53,070
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 105,110 39.78 0.94 $21.10 $43,900
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 102,470 48.31 1.15 $22.82 $47,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100,140 40.51 0.96 $36.06 $75,000
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 98,350 35.15 0.83 $32.36 $67,310