Construction & Extraction Occupations

Minor Occupation Group

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2020 Workforce
6.87M
Average Age
40.7
Average Salary
$47,919
Average Male Salary
$48,181
Average Female Salary
$40,203

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Construction & Extraction Occupations are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Construction & Extraction Occupations was $47,919 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Construction & Extraction Occupations by wage are Military specific occupations, Sales & related occupations, and Production Occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Construction & Extraction Occupations are Gwinnett County (Southwest)Lilburn City PUMA, GA, College Park City & Langley Park PUMA, MD, and South of I-30 & West of I-635 PUMA, TX. 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 Tobacco manufacturing. Construction & Extraction Occupations are paid most in Montgomery County (South)The Woodlands (North) PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Between Loop I-610 & Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX (79500US4804608).

Wages

Yearly Wage

$47,919
AVERAGE SALARY
± $359

In 2020, Construction & Extraction Occupations earned an average of $47,919, $8,035 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Military specific occupations make somewhat more than Construction & Extraction Occupations while Production 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

0.376
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Construction & Extraction Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.376, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Construction & Extraction Occupations, by average wage, are Tobacco manufacturing, Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, and Oil & gas extraction.

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Industries by Share

6.87M
2020 Workforce
± 62,856
−0.0542%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.29%

The number of people employed as Construction & Extraction Occupations has been declining at a rate of −0.0542%, from 6,877,059 people in 2019 to 6,873,334 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Construction & Extraction Occupations employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Construction & Extraction Occupations at  81.3%, followed by Support activities for mining with 1.94% and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution with 0.813%.

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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 40.7 and of female Construction & Extraction Occupations is 40.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Construction & Extraction Occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

6.65M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 61,864
226k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 11,663

96.7% of Construction & Extraction Occupations are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Construction & Extraction Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

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

55.5% of Construction & Extraction Occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 18.8% of Construction & Extraction Occupations, White (Hispanic) 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 Sex

40.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.124
40.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.691

The median age of Construction & Extraction Occupations is 40.7, and Male employees are generally 0.106 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. 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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