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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Table 1. Employment and mean hourly wages for the largest occupations in specialty trade contractors, May 2008

Occupation Employment Percent of total industry employment Mean hourly wage
Electricians 465,090 9.8 $23.77
Construction laborers 352,300 7.4 15.20
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 323,760 6.8 23.80
Carpenters 290,950 6.1 20.70
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 223,250 4.7 29.28
Painters, construction and maintenance 180,430 3.8 17.04
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 178,740 3.8 19.63
Cement masons and concrete finishers 140,170 3.0 18.59
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 122,940 2.6 21.51
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 113,740 2.4 19.70
Industry total 4,736,940 100.0 20.99


Last Modified Date: November 25, 2009