Construction laborers

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2019 Workforce
1.58M
Average Age
38.3
Estimated Job Growth
5.39%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$37,297
Average Male Salary
$37,513
Average Female Salary
$32,273

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Construction laborers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Construction laborers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Construction laborers, by average wage, is Electric & gas, and other combinations. Construction laborers are paid most in West Jordan (West), Herriman & South Jordan (West) Cities PUMA, UT but are relatively concentrated in Newark City (North & East) PUMA, NJ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$37,297
AVERAGE SALARY
± $643

In 2019, Construction laborers earned an average of $37,297, $18,227 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Pharmacy aides make somewhat more than Construction laborers while Emergency medical technicians make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Construction laborers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.382
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Construction laborers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.382, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Construction laborers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Construction laborers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Construction laborers.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

1.58M
2019 Workforce
± 30,739
−3.07%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.81%

The number of people employed as Construction laborers has been declining at a rate of −3.07%, from 1,634,317 people in 2018 to 1,584,093 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Construction laborers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Construction laborers at  95.7%, followed by Employment services with 0.716% and Lessors of real estate, and offices of real estate agents and brokers with 0.204%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Construction laborers in the US. The average age of male Construction laborers in the workforce is 38.3 and of female Construction laborers is 38.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Construction laborers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

1.52M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 30,105
65.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,272

95.9% of Construction laborers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Construction laborers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Construction laborers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Other (Hispanic)

41.2% of Construction laborers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 28.5% of Construction laborers, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Construction laborers.

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Age by Gender

38.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.257
38.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.22

The median age of Construction laborers is 38.3, and Male employees are generally 0.49 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Construction laborers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Construction laborers is Business but a relatively high number of Construction laborers hold a major in Construction.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Construction laborers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction laborers need many skills, but most especially Coordination, Active Listening, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Construction laborers need more than the average amount of Installation, Equipment Maintenance, and Equipment Selection.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Construction Laborers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Construction Laborers are expected to see a growth of 5.39% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

5.39%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Construction Laborers. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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