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Salary of Construction and Extraction Occupations

The average annual salary of construction and extraction occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all construction and extraction occupations in the United States. The construction and extraction occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Construction and Extraction Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,880
25th Percentile Wage
$32,610
50th Percentile Wage
$43,610
75th Percentile Wage
$60,670
90th Percentile Wage
$80,820

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for construction and extraction occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) construction and extraction occupations is $80,820. The median annual salary is $43,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,880.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of construction and extraction occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201643,6103.05%8.00%
201542,2802.13%-
201441,3801.72%-
201340,6701.35%-
201240,120--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Construction and Extraction Occupations (2016 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all construction and extraction occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among construction and extraction professions and range from $27,310 to $78,890. The highest paid construction and extraction occupations are elevator installers and repairers with a median annual salary of $78,890. The lowest paid construction and extraction occupations in the United States are painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons helpers with a median annual salary of $27,310. For more salary information about a specific construction and extraction profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Elevator Installers and Repairers
$78,890
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$62,980
Boilermakers
$62,060
Construction and Building Inspectors
$58,480
Roof Bolters, Mining
$56,780
Pile-Driver Operators
$55,070
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
$54,430
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
$53,970
Electricians
$52,720
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
$52,170
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators
$51,900
Continuous Mining Machine Operators
$51,840
Structural Iron and Steel Workers
$51,800
Mining Machine Operators
$51,480
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
$51,450
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
$50,300
Derrick, Rotary Drill, and Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
$49,720
Brickmasons and Blockmasons
$49,250
Tapers
$48,990
Other Extraction Workers
$48,750
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
$48,610
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
$48,130
Other Mining Machine Operators
$48,010
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
$47,600
Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons
$47,590
Sheet Metal Workers
$46,940
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
$45,890
Mechanical Insulation Workers
$45,430
Construction Equipment Operators
$45,040
Extraction Workers
$44,390
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
$44,360
Carpenters
$43,600
Other Construction and Related Workers
$42,960
Construction Trades Workers
$42,310
Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers
$42,280
Glaziers
$41,920
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
$41,090
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers
$40,930
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
$40,640
Tile and Marble Setters
$40,460
Stonemasons
$39,780
Insulation Workers
$39,280
Solar Photovoltaic Installers
$39,240
Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers, and Terrazzo Workers
$39,210
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
$39,180
Carpet, Floor, and Tile Installers and Finishers
$39,150
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
$38,970
Plasterers and Stucco Masons
$38,890
Pipelayers
$38,410
Carpet Installers
$38,280
Highway Maintenance Workers
$38,130
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
$37,840
Roofers
$37,760
Painters, Construction and Maintenance
$37,570
Painters and Paperhangers
$37,520
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
$37,340
Other Construction and Related Workers
$36,890
Floor Sanders and Finishers
$36,860
Miscellaneous Construction and Related Workers
$36,670
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
$36,430
Extraction Workers Helpers
$35,790
Floor, Ceiling, and Wall Insulation Workers
$35,660
Rock Splitters, Quarry
$34,020
Paperhangers
$33,770
Segmental Pavers
$33,530
Construction Laborers
$33,430
Fence Erectors
$33,150
Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters Helpers
$30,570
Electricians Helpers
$29,530
Other Construction Trades Helpers
$29,270
Construction Trades Helpers
$29,180
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and SteamfittersHelpers
$29,030
Carpenters Helpers
$28,810
Roofers Helpers
$27,670
Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Helpers
$27,310