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Construction of Buildings: NAICS 236

About the Construction of Buildings subsector

The construction of buildings subsector is part of the construction sector.

The Construction of Buildings subsector comprises establishments primarily responsible for the construction of buildings. The work performed may include new work, additions, alterations, or maintenance and repairs. The on-site assembly of precut, panelized, and prefabricated buildings and construction of temporary buildings are included in this subsector. Part or all of the production work for which the establishments in this subsector have responsibility may be subcontracted to other construction establishments—usually specialty trade contractors.

North American Industry Classification System

The construction of buildings subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Residential Building Construction: NAICS 2361
  • Nonresidential Building Construction: NAICS 2362

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in construction of buildings. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
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Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,587.9 1,598.8 (p)1,609.0 (p)1,620.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,037.6 1,055.5 (p)1,062.4  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Carpenters

341,450

Construction laborers

255,380

Construction managers

124,260

Cost estimators

36,340

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

160,740

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

(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 construction of buildings.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
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May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$33.85 $33.64 $34.07 (p)$34.32

Average weekly hours

38.1 38.3 38.1 (p)38.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$28.66 $28.62 $28.90 (p)$29.30

Average weekly hours

38.5 38.8 38.6 (p)39.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Carpenters

23.39 25.26 48,660 52,550

Construction laborers

18.04 20.03 37,510 41,660

Construction managers

44.88 49.37 93,350 102,690

Cost estimators

33.29 36.19 69,240 75,270

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

32.38 34.66 67,360 72,090

(Source: Occupational Employment 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 construction of buildings. 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 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

176 182 197 200

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

Data series 2018

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

Total recordable cases

2.7

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

1.6

Cases involving days away from work

1.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5

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 construction of buildings.

Establishments

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2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

253,854 257,152 259,598 (p)260,427

Local government

108 108 108 (p)111

State government

2 2 2 (p)1

Federal government

       

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: October 20, 2020