Construction & Extraction

Employment of construction and extraction occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, a gain of about 747,600 new jobs. Overall growth in the economy and population will increase demand for new buildings, roads, and other structures, which will create new jobs in construction and extraction occupations.

The median annual wage for all construction and extraction occupations was $44,730 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
BoilermakersHigh school diploma or equivalent$62,260
Masonry Workers$42,900
CarpentersHigh school diploma or equivalent$45,170
Construction and Building InspectorsHigh school diploma or equivalent$59,090
Construction Equipment OperatorsHigh school diploma or equivalent$46,080
Construction Laborers and Helpers$33,450
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and TapersNo formal educational credential$43,970
ElectriciansHigh school diploma or equivalent$54,110
Elevator Installers and RepairersHigh school diploma or equivalent$79,480
GlaziersHigh school diploma or equivalent$42,580
Hazardous Materials Removal WorkersHigh school diploma or equivalent$41,400
Insulation Workers$39,930
Painters, Construction and MaintenanceNo formal educational credential$37,960
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and SteamfittersHigh school diploma or equivalent$52,590
RoofersNo formal educational credential$38,970
Sheet Metal WorkersHigh school diploma or equivalent$47,990
Solar Photovoltaic InstallersHigh school diploma or equivalent$39,490
IronworkersHigh school diploma or equivalent$51,320
Flooring Installers and Tile and Marble SettersNo formal educational credential$40,250
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Construction and Extraction Occupations, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/home.htm