Construction laborers

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Total Workforce

1.53M

Average Age

38.2

Estimated Job Growth

12.4%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$35,156

Average Male Salary

$35,277

Average Female Salary

$31,581

About

Construction laborers are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Construction laborers was $35,156 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Construction laborers by wage are Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Conveyor operators & tenders, & hoist & winch operators, and Gaming services workers.

Construction laborers are part of the Construction & Extraction Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of construction trades & extraction workers, Boilermakers, Carpenters, Carpet, floor, & tile installers & finishers, Cement masons, concrete finishers, & terrazzo workers, Construction laborers, Paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, Construction equipment operators except paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, & tapers, Electricians, Glaziers, Insulation workers, Painters & paperhangers, Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, Plasterers & stucco masons, Roofers, Sheet metal workers, Structural iron & steel workers, Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, & reinforcing iron & rebar workers, Helpers, construction trades, Construction & building inspectors, Elevator installers & repairers, Fence erectors, Hazardous materials removal workers, Highway maintenance workers, Railtrack laying & maintenance equipment operators, Earth drillers, except oil & gas, Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, & blasters, Mining machine operators, Miscellaneous extraction workers, including roof bolters & helpers, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Miscellaneous construction workers, including solar photovoltaic installers, septic tank servicers & sewer pipe cleaners

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 power generation, transmission & distribution. Construction laborers are paid most in Perry & Decatur (South & East) TownshipsIndianapolis City (South) PUMA, IN but are relatively concentrated in Between Loop I-610 & Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX (79500US4804608).

Wages

Yearly Wage

$35,156

AVERAGE SALARY

± $577

In 2017, Construction laborers earned an average of $35,156, $16,908 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic make somewhat more than Construction laborers while Conveyor operators & tenders, & hoist & winch operators 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

0.367

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Construction laborers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.367, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Construction laborers, by number of employees, are Construction, Employment services, and Real estate.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Construction laborers, by average wage, are Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, Natural gas distribution, and Wired telecommunications carriers.

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Industries by Share

1.53M

2017 Workforce

± 30,245

3.38%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.72%

The number of people employed as Construction laborers has been growing at a rate of 3.38%, from 1,483,392 people in 2016 to 1,533,474 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Construction laborers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Construction laborers at  94.9%, followed by Employment services with 0.674% and Real estate with 0.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Construction laborers in the US. The average age of male Construction laborers in the workforce is 38.2 and of female Construction laborers is 38.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Construction laborers is White.

Gender Composition

1.48M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 29,753

50k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,487

96.7% 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

  2. Other

  3. Black

71.1% of Construction laborers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.2% of Construction laborers, Other 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

38.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.255

38.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.41

The median age of Construction laborers is 38.2, and Male employees are generally 0.201 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 Active Listening, Coordination, and Operation Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Construction laborers need more than the average amount of Installation, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Construction laborers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Construction laborers are expected to see a growth of 12.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

12.4%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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