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Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services: NAICS 56

About the Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services sector

The administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector is part of the professional and business services supersector.

The Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services sector comprises establishments performing routine support activities for the day-to-day operations of other organizations. These essential activities are often undertaken in-house by establishments in many sectors of the economy. The establishments in this sector specialize in one or more of these support activities and provide these services to clients in a variety of industries and, in some cases, to households. Activities performed include: office administration, hiring and placing of personnel, document preparation and similar clerical services, solicitation, collection, security and surveillance services, cleaning, and waste disposal services.

North American Industry Classification System

The administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector consists of these subsectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in administrative and support and waste management and remediation services. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, union membership and representation, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
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Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

8,453.0 8,634.5 (p)8,717.9 (p)8,815.3

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

7,592.2 7,843.1 (p)7,888.5  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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2016 2017 2018 2019

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

3.7% 3.2% 4.4% 3.6%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

4.6% 3.7% 5.0% 4.5%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

965,210

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

689,880

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

580,150

Office clerks, general

279,550

Security guards

714,630

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for administrative and support and waste management and remediation services.

(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, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in administrative and support and waste management and remediation services. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$22.80 $22.90 $22.84 (p)$22.93

Average weekly hours

36.0 34.7 35.8 (p)35.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$20.37 $20.53 $20.43 (p)$20.57

Average weekly hours

35.6 34.2 35.5 (p)35.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

$12.34 $13.42 $25,670 $27,910

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

$12.61 $13.77 $26,220 $28,650

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

$14.83 $15.56 $30,840 $32,360

Office clerks, general

$15.21 $16.44 $31,630 $34,210

Security guards

$13.69 $15.08 $28,480 $31,370

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employee Benefits

This section presents data on the incidence (the percentage of workers with access to and participation in employer-provided benefit plans) and provisions of selected employee benefits from the National Compensation Survey. More Benefits estimates are also accessible from the Benefits database, the archived NCS publications page, and the complete Employee Benefits Excel dataset (XLSX).

Data series Access Participation
Back
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2020 Back
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2020

Private industry

Retirement benefit plans

38 27

Defined benefit plans

4 3

Defined contribution plans

36 25

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

Data series After 1 year of service After 20 years of service
Back
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2020 Back
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2020

Mean number of vacation days for private industry workers without consolidated leave plans

7 16

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

Data series Back
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2020

Percent of private industry workers with access to employer-sponsored benefits

Health care

50

Paid vacation

65

Paid sick leave

59

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

Employer Compensation Costs

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

Private industry

12-month percent change

Total compensation

2.9% 3.2% 3.1% 3.0%

Wages and salaries

3.2% 3.6% 3.5% 3.4%

3-month percent change

Total compensation

0.6% 1.1% 0.7% 0.5%

Wages and salaries

0.6% 1.4% 0.7% 0.6%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Data series Private industry
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation
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3rd quarter 2020 Back
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3rd quarter 2020

Total compensation

24.36 100.0

Wages and salaries

18.38 75.5

Total benefits

5.98 24.5

Insurance

1.52 6.3

Retirement

0.36 1.5

Paid leave

1.21 5.0

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2016 2017 2018 2019

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$613 $629 $664 $698

Members of unions

$687 $873 $711 $770

Represented by unions

$682 $842 $711 $769

Nonunion

$610 $622 $661 $694

(Source: Current Population Survey)

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 administrative and support and waste management and remediation services. 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

458 473 508 517

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

2.3

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

1.4

Cases involving days away from work

0.9

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 administrative and support and waste management and remediation services.

Establishments

Data series Back
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3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

572,227 577,838 (p)579,254 (p)583,163

Local government

3,360 3,373 (p)3,366 (p)3,383

State government

540 539 (p)537 (p)542

Federal government

157 161 (p)161 (p)158

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: January 15, 2021