Construction

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Workforce
7.29M
2018 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
41.7
Estimated Job Growth
1.1%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$53,123
Average Male Salary
$53,859
Average Female Salary
$47,013

About

The top three occupations in the Construction Industry Group are Construction laborers, Carpenters, Firstline supervisors of construction trades & extraction workers, Construction managers, and Electricians. On average, full-time employees in the Construction Industry Group work 44.2 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $56,014. Part-time employees in the same industry work 23.4 hours and earn an average annual salary of $23,322.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Construction Industry Group are East of I-45 & Inside Loop I-610 PUMA, TX, Inside Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX, and Between Loop I-610 & Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX (79500US4804608). 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 Group. Construction laborers are the most common position, but the Construction Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, & tapers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Construction goes to Food service managers.

Occupations

Occupations by Share

7.29M
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 9.07M
2.74%
1 Year Growth
± 1.1%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 7.29M people employed in the Construction Industry Group in 2018.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Construction Industry Group has been growing at a rate of 2.74%, , from 8.82M people in 2017 to 9.07M people in 2018.

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 17.3%, followed by Carpenters with 9.2% and Firstline supervisors of construction trades & extraction workers with 7.23%.

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Most Common

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

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Most Specialized

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

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Wages

Average Salary

$53,123
AVERAGE WAGE
± $415

On average, employees in the Construction Industry Group make $53,123 per year. This number makes Construction the 134 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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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 Group.

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Wage Distribution

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WAGE GINI

Construction has a wage GINI of N/A, which is approximately the same than the national average of 0.479. 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 Group.

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

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Construction Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $53,859 and $47,013. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

975k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±24.2k
8.09M
MALE WORKFORCE
±67.9k

89.2% of workers in the Construction Industry Group are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Construction Industry Group.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$53,859
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$443
$47,013
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$1,164

On average, Male workers in the Construction Industry Group make 1.15 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Construction Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
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On average, N/A employees in the Construction Industry Group earn NaNM 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 Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Construction Industry Group. 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 Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Construction Industry Group is Manufacturing.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. 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 Group 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 Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Construction Industry Group 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 6.89% in the next ten years. The construction industry has a lower projected workforce growth at 1.1%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (1%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (22.9%).

Job Growth

1.1%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for the construction industry.

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Output Growth

1%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

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

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