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Construction of Buildings: NAICS 236

About the Construction of Buildings subsector

The construction of buildings subsector is part of the construction sector.

The Construction of Buildings subsector comprises establishments primarily responsible for the construction of buildings. The work performed may include new work, additions, alterations, or maintenance and repairs. The on-site assembly of precut, panelized, and prefabricated buildings and construction of temporary buildings are included in this subsector. Part or all of the production work for which the establishments in this subsector have responsibility may be subcontracted to other construction establishments—usually specialty trade contractors.

North American Industry Classification System

The construction of buildings subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Residential Building Construction: NAICS 2361
  • Nonresidential Building Construction: NAICS 2362

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in construction of buildings. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
data
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,683.1 1,682.4 (p)1,685.6 (p)1,691.2

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,061.8 1,063.1 (p)1,075.2  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Carpenters

328,380

Construction laborers

242,660

Construction managers

122,440

Cost estimators

34,990

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

151,440

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for construction of buildings.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in construction of buildings.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
data
Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021

Average hourly earnings

$34.69 $34.53 $34.96 (p)$35.20

Average weekly hours

37.6 38.6 38.6 (p)38.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021

Average hourly earnings

$29.54 $29.55 $30.07 (p)$30.23

Average weekly hours

37.2 38.7 38.8 (p)39.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Carpenters

24.03 26.01 49,990 54,090

Construction laborers

18.47 20.46 38,410 42,570

Construction managers

45.82 50.54 95,310 105,130

Cost estimators

33.95 37.01 70,610 76,970

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

33.22 35.35 69,100 73,540

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in construction of buildings. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

182 197 200 201

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2019

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.5

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.5

Cases involving days away from work

1.0

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in construction of buildings.

Establishments

Data series Back
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1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)258,397 (p)260,198 (p)263,596 (p)266,137

Local government

(p)109 (p)110 (p)110 (p)109

State government

(p)1 (p)1 (p)1 (p)1

Federal government

       

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: July 30, 2021