Construction and Extraction Occupation Profiles


The Construction and Extraction occupation profiles below include specific information about the nature of the work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs.

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Fast Facts: As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 6,548,760 employed in the Construction and Extraction occupational group earning the mean annual income of $42,350.

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What's Hot: The “Elevator Installers and Repairers” have climbed to the penthouse of the Best Paid list in the Construction and Extraction group averaging $67,750 per year. Next on the list are the “First-Line Supervisors/Mgrs. of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers” at $61,280 and the “Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas” with a $54,370 annual average.

What's Not: Those lending a helping hand in several categories, including “Helpers-Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons” ($24,330), “Helpers-Roofers” ($ 24,660) and “Helpers-Carpenters” ($26,390) could perhaps use some public relations assistance as they comprise the first five occupations on the Least Paid list.

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