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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 BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Construction and Extraction Occupations in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$76,860
75th Percentile Wage
$58,310
50th Percentile Wage
$41,380
25th Percentile Wage
$31,000
10th Percentile Wage
$24,430

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 $76,860. The median annual salary is $41,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,430.

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Construction and Extraction Occupations

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 $25,910 to $78,620. The highest paid construction and extraction occupations are elevator installers and repairers with a median annual salary of $78,620. 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 $25,910. 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
$78,620
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$60,990
Boilermakers
$59,860
Construction and Building Inspectors
$56,040
Roof Bolters, Mining
$54,860
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
$53,160
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
$52,140
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
$51,840
Pile-Driver Operators
$51,510
Electricians
$51,110
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
$50,660
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators
$50,260
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
$50,020
Other Mining Machine Operators
$49,150
Mining Machine Operators
$49,120
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
$49,110
Continuous Mining Machine Operators
$48,440
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
$48,410
Structural Iron and Steel Workers
$48,200
Brickmasons and Blockmasons
$47,650
Derrick, Rotary Drill, and Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
$47,060
Tapers
$46,630
Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons
$46,060
Sheet Metal Workers
$45,070
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
$44,970
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
$43,540
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
$43,510
Mechanical Insulation Workers
$42,990
Construction Equipment Operators
$42,900
Extraction Workers
$42,150
Other Construction and Related Workers
$41,160
Other Extraction Workers
$41,140
Carpenters
$40,820
Construction Trades Workers
$40,150
Solar Photovoltaic Installers
$40,020
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers
$39,090
Tile and Marble Setters
$38,980
Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers
$38,970
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
$38,660
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
$38,520
Glaziers
$38,410
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
$38,100
Stonemasons
$37,880
Insulation Workers
$37,790
Plasterers and Stucco Masons
$37,550
Carpet, Floor, and Tile Installers and Finishers
$37,380
Pipelayers
$37,000
Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers, and Terrazzo Workers
$36,800
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
$36,760
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
$36,670
Highway Maintenance Workers
$36,580
Painters, Construction and Maintenance
$35,950
Painters and Paperhangers
$35,910
Carpet Installers
$35,880
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
$35,780
Floor Sanders and Finishers
$35,770
Roofers
$35,760
Other Construction and Related Workers
$35,400
Miscellaneous Construction and Related Workers
$35,260
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
$34,810
Extraction Workers Helpers
$34,480
Floor, Ceiling, and Wall Insulation Workers
$33,720
Rock Splitters, Quarry
$33,240
Paperhangers
$32,930
Segmental Pavers
$32,180
Fence Erectors
$31,510
Construction Laborers
$31,090
Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters Helpers
$28,830
Other Construction Trades Helpers
$28,010
Electricians Helpers
$27,940
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and SteamfittersHelpers
$27,710
Construction Trades Helpers
$27,540
Carpenters Helpers
$26,600
Roofers Helpers
$26,060
Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Helpers
$25,910