Construction

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Workforce
7.49M
2019 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
41.7
Estimated Job Growth
4.01%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$54,951
Average Male Salary
$55,777
Average Female Salary
$53,859

About

The top three occupations in the Construction Industry Group are Construction laborers, Carpenters, Construction managers, Electricians, and Firstline supervisors of construction trades & extraction workers. On average, full-time employees in the Construction Industry Sector work 44.1 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $58,122. Part-time employees in the same industry work 22.7 hours and earn an average annual salary of $24,378.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Construction Industry Sector are Pasadena City (North & Central)Inside Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX, Irving (South) & Grand Prairie (North) Cities PUMA, TX, and College Park City & Langley Park PUMA, MD. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Construction.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Construction Industry Sector. Construction laborers are the most common position, but the Construction Industry Sector employs a relatively high number of Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, & tapers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Construction goes to Chief executives & legislators.

Monthly Employment

Showing data for the Mining, Logging, and Construction industry sector.
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Y-Axis
4.73%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 7.99M people employed in the Mining, Logging, and Construction industry. This represents a 4.73% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

This chart shows monthly employment numbers for Mining, Logging, and Construction over time (non-seasonally adjusted).

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

7.49M
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 9.59M
5.83%
1 Year Growth
± 1.04%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 7.49M people employed in the Construction Industry Sector in 2019.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Construction Industry Sector has been growing at a rate of 5.83%, , from 9.07M people in 2018 to 9.59M people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Construction by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Construction laborers represent the largest share of positions held in Construction at 15.8%, followed by Carpenters with 9.43% and Construction managers with 7.5%.

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Most Common

The most common occupations in the Construction Industry Sector, by number of employees, are Construction laborers, Carpenters, Construction managers, Electricians, and Firstline supervisors of construction trades & extraction workers.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Sectors, Construction employs an unusually high number of Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, & tapers, Cement masons, concrete finishers, & terrazzo workers, and Roofers.

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Wages

Average Salary

$54,951
AVERAGE WAGE
± $422

On average, employees in the Construction Industry Sector make $54,951 per year. This number makes Construction the 9 highest paying Industry Sector in the United States out of a total of 14 Industry Sectors.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Construction Industry Sector.

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Wage Distribution

0.398
WAGE GINI

Construction has a wage GINI of 0.398, which is less than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Construction (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Construction Industry Sector.

These are locations that employ more people in the Construction Industry Sector than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Construction Industry Sector.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Construction Industry Sector in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $55,777 and $53,859. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

1.06M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±25.2k
8.53M
MALE WORKFORCE
±69.7k

88.9% of workers in the Construction Industry Sector are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Construction Industry Sector.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$55,777
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$451
$53,859
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$443

On average, Male workers in the Construction Industry Sector make 1.04 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Construction Industry Sector.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Alaska Native
  2. Asian
  3. White

On average, Alaska Native employees in the Construction Industry Sector earn 1.2 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Construction Industry Sector.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Construction Industry Sector. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Manufacturing has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Construction Industry Sector, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Construction Industry Sector is Manufacturing.

In this flow diagram, all of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

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Intermediate Inputs

The Construction Industry Sector gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Manufacturing Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The Manufacturing Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Construction Industry Sector in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Construction Industry Sector for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the Construction industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 7.66% in the next ten years. The Construction industry has a lower projected workforce growth at 4.01%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (13.9%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (24.2%).

Job Growth

4.01%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
7.66%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Construction. This industry is expected to grow less than than 7.66%, the average rate of national job growth.

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Output Growth

13.9%
Estimate Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in output of the Construction industry.

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