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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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 ; 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)
5,962,640 0.2 % $24.62 $51,220 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.16 $16.55 $22.12 $30.17 $40.30
Annual Wage (2) $27,380 $34,420 $46,010 $62,760 $83,820


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 1,177,360 55.13 $27.18 $56,530
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 703,410 77.06 $22.96 $47,750
Building Finishing Contractors 602,060 73.97 $22.66 $47,140
Residential Building Construction 480,330 61.70 $22.77 $47,360
Nonresidential Building Construction 472,280 58.42 $26.91 $55,970

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 703,410 77.06 $22.96 $47,750
Building Finishing Contractors 602,060 73.97 $22.66 $47,140
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 227,550 66.32 $25.43 $52,900
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 428,400 62.43 $22.59 $46,980
Residential Building Construction 480,330 61.70 $22.77 $47,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Technical and Trade Schools 220 0.16 $35.63 $74,120
Motion Picture and Video Industries 6,990 1.70 $34.83 $72,440
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 100 0.56 $34.78 $72,340
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 14,670 3.73 $34.73 $72,230
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,590 0.38 $34.65 $72,080


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 658,360 38.71 0.94 $28.67 $59,630
Texas 629,030 51.93 1.26 $21.40 $44,510
Florida 393,030 45.66 1.11 $19.69 $40,940
New York 346,320 36.90 0.90 $31.14 $64,770
Pennsylvania 221,610 37.90 0.92 $25.52 $53,070




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 26,820 99.58 2.42 $25.16 $52,340
North Dakota 33,270 79.88 1.94 $26.68 $55,500
Louisiana 127,740 66.75 1.62 $22.26 $46,310
New Mexico 53,440 65.84 1.60 $21.32 $44,350
West Virginia 43,440 62.35 1.51 $23.31 $48,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 31,940 49.77 1.21 $33.04 $68,730
Illinois 183,960 30.70 0.75 $32.23 $67,050
Alaska 17,620 55.89 1.36 $31.61 $65,750
New York 346,320 36.90 0.90 $31.14 $64,770
Massachusetts 128,570 36.00 0.87 $30.62 $63,700





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 323,890 34.10 0.83 $32.73 $68,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 195,110 31.89 0.77 $28.37 $59,000
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 182,530 61.20 1.49 $23.03 $47,900
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 149,540 41.91 1.02 $20.72 $43,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 138,710 29.88 0.73 $33.98 $70,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 112,390 35.85 0.87 $24.92 $51,820
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 99,610 38.45 0.93 $20.70 $43,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 95,930 34.77 0.84 $31.29 $65,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 95,850 39.62 0.96 $33.71 $70,130
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 93,620 47.18 1.15 $31.20 $64,890