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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 Marble 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 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 ; Segmental Pavers ; Construction and Related Workers, All Other ; Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas ; Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas ; Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining ; Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas ; Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters ; Continuous Mining Machine Operators ; Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators ; Mining Machine Operators, All Other ; Rock Splitters, Quarry ; Roof Bolters, Mining ; Roustabouts, Oil and Gas ; Helpers--Extraction Workers ; 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)
5,585,420 0.3 % $23.51 $48,900 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.44 $15.68 $20.96 $29.17 $38.85
Annual Wage (2) $25,880 $32,610 $43,610 $60,670 $80,820


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 1,102,270 55.34 $25.95 $53,980
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 655,700 77.59 $21.65 $45,020
Building Finishing Contractors 570,990 74.51 $21.71 $45,150
Residential Building Construction 452,210 63.21 $21.64 $45,010
Nonresidential Building Construction 437,400 57.68 $25.40 $52,820

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 655,700 77.59 $21.65 $45,020
Building Finishing Contractors 570,990 74.51 $21.71 $45,150
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 216,590 66.02 $24.36 $50,680
Residential Building Construction 452,210 63.21 $21.64 $45,010
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 405,000 63.20 $21.37 $44,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities 40 0.01 $39.63 $82,430
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 1,430 0.15 $35.68 $74,220
Motion Picture and Video Industries 8,280 1.96 $34.38 $71,510
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 13,080 3.38 $34.20 $71,130
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 5,840 2.82 $33.21 $69,080


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 601,680 37.68 0.95 $27.29 $56,770
Texas 579,760 49.36 1.24 $20.48 $42,590
Florida 355,120 43.19 1.09 $18.75 $38,990
New York 328,820 36.14 0.91 $30.27 $62,960
Pennsylvania 217,720 37.88 0.95 $23.85 $49,610




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 27,890 101.00 2.54 $24.49 $50,950
North Dakota 35,650 83.85 2.11 $25.53 $53,100
Alaska 21,790 67.37 1.69 $32.31 $67,210
Montana 28,050 61.69 1.55 $22.69 $47,190
New Mexico 49,240 61.14 1.54 $20.09 $41,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 21,790 67.37 1.69 $32.31 $67,210
Hawaii 33,560 53.10 1.33 $31.32 $65,140
Illinois 175,450 29.72 0.75 $30.96 $64,400
New York 328,820 36.14 0.91 $30.27 $62,960
Massachusetts 117,680 34.01 0.85 $29.44 $61,240