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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 ; Miscellaneous Construction and Related Workers ; 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)
5,728,460 0.3 % $24.01 $49,930 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.76 $16.06 $21.51 $29.65 $39.46
Annual Wage (2) $26,540 $33,410 $44,730 $61,680 $82,080


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 1,138,780 55.26 $26.51 $55,140
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 679,210 77.28 $22.13 $46,030
Building Finishing Contractors 585,590 74.24 $22.20 $46,170
Residential Building Construction 462,490 62.59 $22.28 $46,340
Nonresidential Building Construction 452,850 57.98 $26.22 $54,550

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 679,210 77.28 $22.13 $46,030
Building Finishing Contractors 585,590 74.24 $22.20 $46,170
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 222,510 65.96 $24.63 $51,220
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 413,520 62.88 $21.85 $45,440
Residential Building Construction 462,490 62.59 $22.28 $46,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 8,260 1.94 $35.07 $72,960
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 13,580 3.49 $34.84 $72,470
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 380 3.13 $34.48 $71,720
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 280 0.33 $34.48 $71,720
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 290 0.08 $34.46 $71,670


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 622,290 37.27 0.93 $27.89 $58,010
Texas 596,630 50.18 1.25 $20.96 $43,600
Florida 376,890 44.77 1.11 $19.14 $39,810
New York 332,420 36.10 0.90 $30.97 $64,420
Pennsylvania 217,180 37.56 0.93 $24.44 $50,840




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 25,740 96.07 2.39 $24.73 $51,430
North Dakota 32,680 78.44 1.95 $25.80 $53,660
Louisiana 119,170 62.65 1.56 $21.75 $45,250
Montana 28,670 62.23 1.55 $23.53 $48,950
New Mexico 48,880 61.01 1.52 $20.80 $43,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 32,550 51.43 1.28 $32.43 $67,450
Alaska 18,880 59.33 1.48 $32.02 $66,600
Illinois 176,110 29.71 0.74 $31.44 $65,390
New York 332,420 36.10 0.90 $30.97 $64,420
Massachusetts 122,570 34.74 0.86 $29.68 $61,730



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210,990 31.52 0.78 $33.44 $69,560
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 178,430 60.91 1.52 $22.72 $47,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 110,440 24.92 0.62 $27.22 $56,610
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 99,860 40.08 1.00 $20.37 $42,370
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 97,780 26.70 0.66 $34.07 $70,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 89,150 34.03 0.85 $21.24 $44,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 88,980 35.32 0.88 $24.67 $51,320
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 81,560 41.19 1.03 $21.50 $44,730
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 74,720 46.23 1.15 $27.31 $56,800
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 72,400 50.44 1.26 $25.99 $54,050