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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations (Major Group)

Construction and Extraction Occupations 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 Construction and Extraction Occupations
Industry profile for Construction and Extraction Occupations
Geographic profile for Construction and Extraction Occupations

National estimates for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,937,830 0.3 % $ 25.93 $ 53,940 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.12 $ 17.57 $ 23.37 $ 31.46 $ 42.24
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,360 $ 36,540 $ 48,610 $ 65,440 $ 87,870


Industry profile for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Construction and Extraction Occupations are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Construction and Extraction Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 1,171,360 53.58 $ 28.44 $ 59,150
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 698,660 75.59 $ 24.50 $ 50,960
Building Finishing Contractors 589,210 73.28 $ 24.22 $ 50,390
Residential Building Construction 472,440 59.11 $ 23.90 $ 49,720
Nonresidential Building Construction 447,550 55.41 $ 28.10 $ 58,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 698,660 75.59 $ 24.50 $ 50,960
Building Finishing Contractors 589,210 73.28 $ 24.22 $ 50,390
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 232,310 64.91 $ 26.90 $ 55,960
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 439,960 63.33 $ 23.97 $ 49,850
Coal Mining 26,250 60.80 $ 28.90 $ 60,110

Top paying industries for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Special Food Services 40 0.01 $ 44.27 $ 92,090
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 390 0.03 $ 39.44 $ 82,040
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 40 0.23 $ 38.83 $ 80,770
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,360 2.84 $ 37.44 $ 77,880
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 930 0.81 $ 37.28 $ 77,540


Geographic profile for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Construction and Extraction Occupations are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Construction and Extraction Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 672,280 40.92 0.96 $ 30.78 $ 64,020
Texas 608,110 50.25 1.18 $ 22.18 $ 46,140
Florida 413,800 49.02 1.15 $ 20.64 $ 42,930
New York 311,430 35.83 0.84 $ 32.49 $ 67,580
Pennsylvania 213,630 38.76 0.91 $ 26.72 $ 55,570




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 27,000 103.16 2.42 $ 26.42 $ 54,960
North Dakota 31,920 79.80 1.87 $ 27.44 $ 57,080
New Mexico 52,880 67.30 1.58 $ 22.41 $ 46,600
Utah 96,970 65.12 1.53 $ 23.03 $ 47,890
Nevada 80,470 64.33 1.51 $ 26.25 $ 54,600




Top paying states for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 30,720 53.52 1.25 $ 35.08 $ 72,960
Illinois 181,550 32.26 0.76 $ 33.86 $ 70,430
Massachusetts 121,430 36.25 0.85 $ 32.65 $ 67,920
New York 311,430 35.83 0.84 $ 32.49 $ 67,580
Alaska 17,670 59.62 1.40 $ 32.33 $ 67,240





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

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 296,310 33.54 0.79 $ 34.05 $ 70,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 193,300 33.20 0.78 $ 30.58 $ 63,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 175,270 59.04 1.38 $ 23.49 $ 48,860
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 143,680 40.04 0.94 $ 21.75 $ 45,240
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 134,330 30.80 0.72 $ 35.68 $ 74,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 113,850 37.67 0.88 $ 26.30 $ 54,710
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 103,950 41.45 0.97 $ 21.75 $ 45,240
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 103,640 49.14 1.15 $ 24.10 $ 50,120
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 94,320 40.47 0.95 $ 37.86 $ 78,750
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 91,730 46.90 1.10 $ 34.54 $ 71,840




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 14,730 148.21 3.47 $ 24.94 $ 51,880
Odessa, TX 10,190 138.17 3.24 $ 24.02 $ 49,950
Lake Charles, LA 14,020 137.62 3.22 $ 25.31 $ 52,650
Farmington, NM 5,070 116.71 2.73 $ 23.54 $ 48,970
Greeley, CO 11,950 114.31 2.68 $ 24.40 $ 50,750
St. George, UT 6,600 96.27 2.26 $ 20.91 $ 43,500
Longview, TX 8,760 94.44 2.21 $ 21.75 $ 45,230
Baton Rouge, LA 32,780 88.22 2.07 $ 24.53 $ 51,010
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 22,870 87.45 2.05 $ 20.08 $ 41,770
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 13,290 87.00 2.04 $ 24.55 $ 51,060