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Salary of Construction and Extraction Occupations

The average annual salary of construction and extraction occupations is shown in Table 1. Table 2 compares the median salaries across 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 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Construction and Extraction Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,540
25th Percentile Wage
$33,410
50th Percentile Wage
$44,730
75th Percentile Wage
$61,680
90th Percentile Wage
$82,080

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 $82,080. The median annual salary is $44,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,540.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of construction and extraction occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$44,730
2.50% 10.31%
2016
$43,610
3.05% -
2015
$42,280
2.13% -
2014
$41,380
1.72% -
2013
$40,670
1.35% -
2012
$40,120
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Construction and Extraction Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Construction and Extraction Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among construction and extraction professions, ranging from $28,500 to $79,480. The highest-paid construction and extraction occupations are elevator installers and repairers with a median annual salary of $79,480. The lowest-paid construction and extraction occupations in the United States are roofers helpers with a median annual salary of $28,500. 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
$79,480
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$64,070
Boilermakers
$62,260
Construction and Building Inspectors
$59,090
Roof Bolters, Mining
$58,450
Pile-Driver Operators
$57,650
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
$56,060
Continuous Mining Machine Operators
$54,620
Electricians
$54,110
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
$53,980
Mining Machine Operators
$53,200
Structural Iron and Steel Workers
$52,610
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
$52,590
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators
$52,270
Tapers
$51,620
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
$51,420
Brickmasons and Blockmasons
$49,770
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
$49,650
Other Extraction Workers
$49,230
Derrick, Rotary Drill, and Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
$49,000
Other Mining Machine Operators
$48,850
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
$48,290
Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons
$48,200
Sheet Metal Workers
$47,990
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
$47,040
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
$46,850
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
$46,140
Construction Equipment Operators
$46,080
Mechanical Insulation Workers
$45,550
Carpenters
$45,170
Other Construction and Related Workers
$44,090
Extraction Workers
$44,070
Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers
$43,970
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
$43,850
Construction Trades Workers
$43,490
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
$42,860
Glaziers
$42,580
Tile and Marble Setters
$41,680
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
$41,400
Plasterers and Stucco Masons
$40,750
Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers, and Terrazzo Workers
$40,650
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
$40,650
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers
$40,590
Carpet, Floor, and Tile Installers and Finishers
$40,250
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
$40,040
Insulation Workers
$39,930
Solar Photovoltaic Installers
$39,490
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
$39,120
Roofers
$38,970
Stonemasons
$38,940
Carpet Installers
$38,830
Highway Maintenance Workers
$38,700
Pipelayers
$38,400
Miscellaneous Construction and Related Workers
$38,040
Painters, Construction and Maintenance
$37,960
Painters and Paperhangers
$37,950
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
$37,950
Floor, Ceiling, and Wall Insulation Workers
$37,050
Paperhangers
$37,030
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
$36,960
Floor Sanders and Finishers
$36,950
Other Construction and Related Workers
$36,890
Extraction Workers Helpers
$35,710
Construction Laborers
$34,530
Rock Splitters, Quarry
$34,350
Segmental Pavers
$33,530
Fence Erectors
$33,320
Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters Helpers
$31,710
Electricians Helpers
$30,540
Construction Trades Helpers
$30,120
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and SteamfittersHelpers
$29,890
Carpenters Helpers
$29,860
Other Construction Trades Helpers
$29,660
Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Helpers
$28,760
Roofers Helpers
$28,500