Construction & Extraction Occupations

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Total Workforce

6.9M

Average Age

40.6

Estimated Job Growth

11%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$44,811

Average Male Salary

$44,996

Average Female Salary

$39,206

About

Construction & Extraction Occupations are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Construction & Extraction Occupations was $44,811 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Construction & Extraction Occupations by wage are Military specific occupations, Education, Training, & Library Occupations, and Community & Social Service Occupations.

Construction & Extraction Occupations are part of the Construction & Extraction Occupations, along with Construction & Extraction Occupations

The top 3 locations that employ the most Construction & Extraction Occupations are Gwinnett County (Southwest)Lilburn City PUMA, GA, South of I-30 & West of I-635 PUMA, TX, and Jackson Heights & North Corona PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Construction & Extraction Occupations are Between Loop I-610 & Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX (79500US4804608), South of I-30 & West of I-635 PUMA, TX, and College Park City & Langley Park PUMA, MD.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Construction & Extraction Occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Construction & Extraction Occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Construction & Extraction Occupations, by average wage, is Not specified wholesale trade. Construction & Extraction Occupations are paid most in Noblesville City & Fishers Town (East) PUMA, IN but are relatively concentrated in Between Loop I-610 & Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX (79500US4804608).

Wages

Yearly Wage

$44,811

AVERAGE SALARY

± $333

In 2017, Construction & Extraction Occupations earned an average of $44,811, $7,254 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Military specific occupations make somewhat more than Construction & Extraction Occupations while Education, Training, & Library Occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Construction & Extraction Occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.359

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Construction & Extraction Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.359, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Construction & Extraction Occupations (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 & Extraction Occupations.

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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 & Extraction Occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Construction & Extraction Occupations, by number of employees, are Construction, Support activities for mining, and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Construction & Extraction Occupations, by average wage, are Not specified wholesale trade, Agricultural chemical manufacturing, and Management of companies & enterprises.

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Industries by Share

6.9M

2017 Workforce

± 62,948

3.75%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.26%

The number of people employed as Construction & Extraction Occupations has been growing at a rate of 3.75%, from 6,646,436 people in 2016 to 6,895,565 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Construction & Extraction Occupations employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Construction & Extraction Occupations at  80.9%, followed by Support activities for mining with 1.91% and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution with 0.885%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Construction & Extraction Occupations in the US. The average age of male Construction & Extraction Occupations in the workforce is 40.6 and of female Construction & Extraction Occupations is 40.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Construction & Extraction Occupations is White.

Gender Composition

6.68M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 61,983

220k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 11,513

96.8% of Construction & Extraction Occupations are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Construction & Extraction Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Construction & Extraction Occupations

  1. White

  2. Other

  3. Black

77.2% of Construction & Extraction Occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.4% of Construction & Extraction Occupations, Other is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Construction & Extraction Occupations.

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Age by Gender

40.6

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.121

40.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.689

The median age of Construction & Extraction Occupations is 40.6, and Male employees are generally 0.081 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Construction & Extraction Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction & Extraction Occupations need many skills, but most especially Operation and Control and Operation Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Construction & Extraction Occupations need more than the average amount of Installation, Repairing, and Equipment Maintenance.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Construction & Extraction Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Construction & Extraction Occupations are expected to see a growth of 11% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

11%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Construction & Extraction Occupations. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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