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Construction and Extraction Occupation Profiles


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Distinct Groups (59): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes470000.htm
Employment: 5,585,420
Mean Hourly Wage: $23.51
Mean Annual Wage: $48,900
Largest Employment Category—Carpenters—676,980
Smallest Employment CategorySegmental Pavers—1,720
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

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. 

Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated forty one (41) job types as having a “Bright Outlook” status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

The following job types are anticipated to have employment increases of 15% or more between 2016-2026:

Solar Photovoltaic Installers Rapid Growth 105% Video
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas  Rapid Growth 26% Video 
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas Rapid Growth 25% Video 
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Rapid Growth 24% Video
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining  Rapid Growth 23% Video 
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas Rapid Growth 20% Video
Extraction Workers Helpers Rapid Growth 20% Video 
Helpers - Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Rapid Growth 19% Video 
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers Rapid Growth 17% Video
Pipelayers Rapid Growth 17% Video 
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners Rapid Growth 17% Video 
Extraction Workers Rapid Growth 16% Video 
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters  Rapid Growth 16% Video
Pile-Driver Operators Rapid Growth 15% Video 

The following job types are anticipated to have Numerous Job Openings between 2016-2026:

Carpenters Numerous Job Openings

104,400 (annual)

Construction Laborers Rapid Growth & Numerous Job Openings 145,300 Video

For the entire Bright Outlook list, see here.

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.

Did you know? Texas metropolitan areas lead highest job concentration in this occupation with three of the top six spots: Odessa, TX (121.67/1st); Longview, TX  (106.03/3rd) and Midland, TX (101.63 per 1,000/6th). Top paying cities are another story with financial stalwarts San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA ($71,960) and Metropolitan Division Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division ($69,610) at the top, but more low profile Anchorage, AK ($66,580) and Urban Honolulu, HI ($66,330) Fairbanks, AK ($65,870) coming in at 6, 7 and 9, respectively.

 Highest Paid (mean annual wage)


 Lowest Paid (from lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here 

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