Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations

Major Occupation Group

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2020 Workforce
12.4M
Average Age
41
Average Salary
$47,824
Average Male Salary
$48,575
Average Female Salary
$34,218

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Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations was $47,824 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations by wage are Military specific occupations, Sales & Office Occupations, and Production, Transportation, & Material Moving Occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations are Oxnard & Port Hueneme Cities PUMA, CA, Delano, Wasco & Shafter Cities PUMA, CA, and Salinas City PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations are Selma, Kerman & Coalinga Cities PUMA, CA, Tulare County (Outside Visalia, Tulare & Porterville Cities) PUMA, CA, and Santa Maria City & Orcutt PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations, by average wage, is Other information services, except libraries & archives, & internet publishing & broadcasting & web search portals. Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations are paid most in Oyster Bay Town (Central) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Selma, Kerman & Coalinga Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$47,824
AVERAGE SALARY
± $256

In 2020, Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations earned an average of $47,824, $8,130 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Military specific occupations make somewhat more than Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations while Sales & Office Occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.367
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.367, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Natural resources, construction, & maintenance 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 Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations, by average wage, are Other information services, except libraries & archives, & internet publishing & broadcasting & web search portals, Software publishing, and Electric & gas, and other combinations.

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Industries by Share

12.4M
2020 Workforce
± 82,859
−0.0406%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 0.943%

The number of people employed as Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations has been declining at a rate of −0.0406%, from 12,437,916 people in 2019 to 12,432,871 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations at  49.3%, followed by Automotive repair & maintenance with 5.49% and Farming with 4.08%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations in the US. The average age of male Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations in the workforce is 41.1 and of female Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations is 40.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

11.8M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 80,855
650k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 19,756

94.8% of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Other (Hispanic)

58.7% of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.6% of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations.

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Age by Sex

41.1
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.0959
40.2
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.422

The median age of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations is 41, and Male employees are generally 0.858 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations is Business but a relatively high number of Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations hold a major in Mechanical Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations need more than the average amount of Installation, Repairing, and Equipment Maintenance.

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