Construction Trades Worker Salary in Sector of Construction

The salary statistics of construction trades workers in the industry sector of construction are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare construction trades worker salaries in different industries within the construction sector.

Average Annual Salary of Construction Trades Workers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,960
25th Percentile Wage
$32,260
50th Percentile Wage
$41,910
75th Percentile Wage
$58,770
90th Percentile Wage
$79,340

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for construction trades workers in the industry sector of construction. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) construction trades workers is $79,340. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $41,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid construction trades workers is $25,960.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of construction trades workers in the industry sector of construction from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201641,9103.15%7.80%
201540,5902.29%-
201439,6601.56%-
201339,0401.02%-
201238,640--

Compare Construction Trades Worker Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of construction trades workers in 22 industries in the construction sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for construction trades worker occupations is the electrical contractors and other wiring installation contractors industry with an annual salary $50,280. The lowest paying industry is the land subdivision industry (annual salary $34,830). For detailed construction trades worker salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$50,280
Building Equipment Contractors
$49,900
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$49,750
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$46,730
Nonresidential Building Construction
$43,490
Specialty Trade Contractors
$42,680
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$42,420
Masonry Contractors
$41,500
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$41,490
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$41,480
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$40,780
Construction of Buildings
$40,300
Utility System Construction
$39,810
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$39,390
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$39,060
Building Finishing Contractors
$38,890
Residential Building Construction
$38,460
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$38,150
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$37,720
Roofing Contractors
$37,620
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$36,370
Land Subdivision
$34,830

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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Highest paying industries for construction trades workers.