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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations (Major Group)

Construction and Extraction Occupations comprises the following occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers; Boilermakers; Stonemasons; Brickmasons and Blockmasons; Carpenters; Floor Sanders and Finishers; Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles; Carpet Installers; Tile and Stone Setters; Terrazzo Workers and Finishers; Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers; Construction Laborers; Pile Driver Operators; Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators; Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators; Tapers; Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers; Electricians; Glaziers; Insulation Workers, Mechanical; Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall; Paperhangers; Painters, Construction and Maintenance; 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, Construction Trades, All Other; Helpers--Roofers; Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons; Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters; Helpers--Carpenters; Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters; Helpers--Electricians; Construction and Building Inspectors; Elevator and Escalator 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 and Gas; Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining; Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters; Underground Mining Machine Operators, All Other; Roof Bolters, Mining; Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining; Continuous Mining Machine Operators; Rock Splitters, Quarry; Roustabouts, Oil and Gas; Helpers--Extraction Workers; Extraction Workers, All Other


National estimates for Construction and Extraction Occupations
Industry profile for Construction and Extraction Occupations
Geographic profile for Construction and Extraction Occupations

National estimates for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,848,950 0.2 % $ 26.87 $ 55,900 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.46 $ 18.12 $ 23.18 $ 30.75 $ 44.75
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,080 $ 37,680 $ 48,210 $ 63,960 $ 93,080


Industry profile for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Construction and Extraction Occupations are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Construction and Extraction Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 1,194,240 53.22 $ 29.85 $ 62,080
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 686,320 73.53 $ 25.47 $ 52,990
Building Finishing Contractors 581,970 71.92 $ 24.99 $ 51,980
Residential Building Construction 481,140 57.23 $ 24.31 $ 50,560
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 443,280 62.05 $ 24.64 $ 51,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 686,320 73.53 $ 25.47 $ 52,990
Building Finishing Contractors 581,970 71.92 $ 24.99 $ 51,980
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 228,400 64.25 $ 28.58 $ 59,450
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 443,280 62.05 $ 24.64 $ 51,250
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 72,140 59.97 $ 27.10 $ 56,360

Top paying industries for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 670 0.17 $ 45.61 $ 94,880
Insurance Carriers 160 0.01 $ 45.17 $ 93,950
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 70 0.31 $ 43.38 $ 90,230
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 380 3.34 $ 40.66 $ 84,570
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 9,310 1.22 $ 40.33 $ 83,890


Geographic profile for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Construction and Extraction Occupations are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Construction and Extraction Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of construction and extraction occupations by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 663,570 40.14 0.97 $ 31.95 $ 66,450
Texas 568,930 46.53 1.12 $ 23.20 $ 48,260
Florida 398,060 46.26 1.11 $ 21.85 $ 45,450
New York 311,160 35.89 0.86 $ 33.69 $ 70,070
Pennsylvania 214,610 38.44 0.93 $ 27.34 $ 56,870


Map of location quotient of construction and extraction occupations by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 23,190 89.00 2.14 $ 27.05 $ 56,260
North Dakota 28,000 70.87 1.71 $ 27.69 $ 57,600
Montana 30,290 64.42 1.55 $ 25.83 $ 53,720
Utah 98,140 63.12 1.52 $ 23.87 $ 49,650
New Mexico 48,430 62.37 1.50 $ 23.00 $ 47,830


Map of annual mean wages of construction and extraction occupations by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Construction and Extraction Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 30,140 54.97 1.32 $ 35.27 $ 73,370
New Jersey 116,040 30.14 0.73 $ 34.47 $ 71,710
Alaska 18,280 61.80 1.49 $ 34.34 $ 71,420
Massachusetts 127,940 37.69 0.91 $ 34.27 $ 71,290
Illinois 173,610 30.90 0.74 $ 34.18 $ 71,090



Map of employment of construction and extraction occupations by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

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 287,150 33.09 0.80 $ 36.14 $ 75,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 187,090 32.71 0.79 $ 31.18 $ 64,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 154,290 53.26 1.28 $ 24.86 $ 51,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 141,800 39.51 0.95 $ 23.22 $ 48,290
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 124,910 29.51 0.71 $ 35.84 $ 74,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 108,760 37.08 0.89 $ 27.95 $ 58,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 99,420 46.97 1.13 $ 24.63 $ 51,230
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 94,980 38.73 0.93 $ 23.42 $ 48,700
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 92,540 35.80 0.86 $ 35.11 $ 73,030
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 91,700 47.82 1.15 $ 35.84 $ 74,550


Map of location quotient of construction and extraction occupations by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Construction and Extraction Occupations:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 11,980 125.93 3.03 $ 26.61 $ 55,360
Lake Charles, LA 9,840 109.02 2.63 $ 24.20 $ 50,330
Odessa, TX 6,780 101.49 2.44 $ 24.29 $ 50,530
Greeley, CO 9,690 95.15 2.29 $ 25.42 $ 52,880
Farmington, NM 3,840 93.09 2.24 $ 25.50 $ 53,040
St. George, UT 6,820 90.19 2.17 $ 21.96 $ 45,680
Kennewick-Richland, WA 9,760 83.41 2.01 $ 32.31 $ 67,210
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 21,810 81.84 1.97 $ 21.38 $ 44,470
Longview, TX 7,250 80.58 1.94 $ 21.73 $ 45,200
The Villages, FL 2,660 79.52 1.92 $ 20.24 $ 42,110