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Overview: 

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.

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.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
   
1.    Elevator Installers and Repairers (22,240) $76,860
2.    First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers (538,220) $68,040
3.    Boilermakers (16,660) $62,200
4.    Pile-Driver Operators (3,570) $61,740
5.    Construction and Building Inspectors (94,960) $61,250
6.    Roof Bolters, Mining (3,930) $58,110
7.    Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas (17,400) $57,140
8.    Electricians (607,120) $56,650
9.    Structural Iron and Steel Workers (69,440) $56,040
10.  Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (411,870) $56,030
11.  Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters (6,310) $54,580
12.  Tapers (18,480) $53,790
13.  Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers (20,020) $53,600
14.  Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining (42,890) $53,520
15.  Brickmasons and Blockmasons (64,370) $53,440
16.  Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators (14,250) $52,810
17.  Continuous Mining Machine Operators (12,030) $52,650
18.  Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas (18,500) $51,240
19.  Extraction Workers, All Other (4,320) $51,170
20.  Insulation Workers, Mechanical (27,270) $51,100
21.  Sheet Metal Workers (134,450) $51,080
22.  Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators (5,930) $50,670
23.  Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators (356,750) $50,560
24.  Mining Machine Operators, All Other (2,160) $50,220
25.  Carpenters (676,980) $48,340
26.  Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers (93,180) $47,400
27.  Glaziers (47,140) $47,260
28.  Terrazzo Workers and Finishers (3,420) $45,990
29.  Hazardous Materials Removal Workers (44,280) $45,500
30.  Tile and Marble Setters (36,830) $44,770
31.  Carpet Installers (25,660) $44,310
32.  Plasterers and Stucco Masons (22,810) $44,070
33.  Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators (51,880) $43,800
34.  Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers (173,920) $43,720
35.  Stonemasons (13,190) $43,650
36.  Pipelayers (39,620) $42,860
37.  Solar Photovoltaic Installers (8,870) $42,500
38.  Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles (10,340) $42,370
39.  Roofers (116,410) $42,080
40.  Painters, Construction and Maintenance (217,280) $41,510
41.  Construction and Related Workers, All Other (35,340) $40,480
42.  Roustabouts, Oil and Gas (51,290) $40,480
43.  Highway Maintenance Workers (143,320) $39,540
44.  Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall (29,500) $39,490
45.  Floor Sanders and Finishers (4,590) $38,890
46.  Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners (26,320) $38,870
47.  Construction Laborers (912,100) $37,890
48.  Helpers--Extraction Workers (17,660) $37,160
49.  Paperhangers (3,190) $36,470
50.  Fence Erectors (21,500) $36,380
51.  Rock Splitters, Quarry (3,770) $34,860
52.  Segmental Pavers (1,720) $34,160
53.  Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile & Marble Setters (23,950) $33,610
54.  Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other (21,820) $31,450
55.  Helpers--Electricians (71,890) $30,980
56.  Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (54,080) $30,640
57.  Helpers--Carpenters (35,890) $30,200
58.  Helpers--Roofers (10,190) $28,890
59.  Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons (10,780) $28,760

 


What's Hot

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


GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Computer and Mathematical occupational group are: 

California (601,680 workers)
Texas (579,760)
Florida (355,120)
New York (328,820)
Pennsylvania (217,720)

States with the highest concentration of jobs are:

Wyoming (101.00 per 1,000 jobs)
North Dakota (83.85)
Alaska (67.37)
Montana (61.69)
New Mexico  (61.14) 

The top paying States for this occupation are below. The State of Alaska heads the list with the highest annual mean wages in this occupation, followed closely by the Hawaii and Illinois. 

Alaska ($67,210 annual mean wage)
Hawaii ($65,140)
Illinois ($64,400)
New York  ($62,960)
Massachusetts ($61,240)


 
 
 
 

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