Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
5,088,030 0.3 % $21.94 $45,630 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.41 $14.61 $19.55 $27.54 $36.02
Annual Wage (2) $23,720 $30,380 $40,670 $57,290 $74,920


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 942,540 54.66 $24.72 $51,410
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 543,560 76.23 $20.11 $41,830
Building Finishing Contractors 487,110 74.19 $20.22 $42,060
Nonresidential Building Construction 395,000 59.36 $23.40 $48,670
Residential Building Construction 379,660 63.63 $19.82 $41,220

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 543,560 76.23 $20.11 $41,830
Building Finishing Contractors 487,110 74.19 $20.22 $42,060
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 200,840 67.16 $22.70 $47,220
Residential Building Construction 379,660 63.63 $19.82 $41,220
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 346,830 62.65 $19.67 $40,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 30 (7) $36.14 $75,180
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 80 0.11 $35.24 $73,310
Other Information Services (8) (8) $34.11 $70,950
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation (8) (8) $33.60 $69,880
Motion Picture and Video Industries 5,300 1.41 $32.96 $68,550


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)
Texas 566,220 51.88 1.35 $18.60 $38,690
California 494,010 33.57 0.87 $26.03 $54,130
New York 295,350 34.20 0.89 $28.31 $58,880
Florida 266,530 35.76 0.93 $17.61 $36,620
Pennsylvania 218,830 38.96 1.02 $22.21 $46,190




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 33,070 118.55 3.09 $22.47 $46,730
North Dakota 44,140 104.36 2.72 $22.91 $47,650
West Virginia 49,640 69.98 1.82 $21.28 $44,270
New Mexico 52,290 66.70 1.74 $19.30 $40,140
Alaska 21,300 66.02 1.72 $29.70 $61,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 21,300 66.02 1.72 $29.70 $61,780
Hawaii 26,030 43.22 1.13 $29.22 $60,770
New York 295,350 34.20 0.89 $28.31 $58,880
Illinois 176,630 30.96 0.81 $27.67 $57,550
Massachusetts 99,450 30.53 0.80 $27.24 $56,660





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 168,520 61.11 1.59 $20.09 $41,790
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 151,640 28.93 0.75 $31.64 $65,820
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 103,670 28.01 0.73 $29.92 $62,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 95,810 24.10 0.63 $26.22 $54,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 83,760 35.38 0.92 $22.72 $47,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 80,010 37.22 0.97 $17.72 $36,850
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 78,770 44.22 1.15 $19.79 $41,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 68,730 29.78 0.78 $19.28 $40,100
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 57,230 39.40 1.03 $25.40 $52,830
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 53,880 42.07 1.10 $21.33 $44,370