Construction and Extraction Occupation Profiles


The Construction and Extraction occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 59 distinct occupational job types.

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 5,585,420 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $48,900.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Construction and Extraction group’s mean hourly wage of $23.509, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $48,900.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment CategoryCarpenters—676,980
Smallest Employment Category—Segmental Pavers—1,720

 Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 


 Lowest Paid (from lowest)

What’s Hot: The Elevator Installers and Repairers remain in the penthouse of the Best Paid list in the Construction and Extraction group averaging $76,860. Next on the list are the First-Line Supervisors/Mgrs. of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers at $68,040.  The Boilermakers jump into the top three with a $62,200 annual average.

What’s Not: Those lending a helping hand in several categories, including Helpers-Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons ($28,760), Helpers-Roofers ($28,890) and Helpers-Carpenters ($30,200) comprise the first three occupations on the Least Paid list.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.