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Construction Trades Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of construction trades workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of construction trades workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of construction trades workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The construction trades workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Construction Trades Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,460
25th Percentile Wage
$33,090
50th Percentile Wage
$43,490
75th Percentile Wage
$59,960
90th Percentile Wage
$79,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for construction trades workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) construction trades workers is $79,880. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,490. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,460. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 201% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$43,490
2.71% 10.39%
2016
$42,310
3.05% -
2015
$41,020
2.12% -
2014
$40,150
1.52% -
2013
$39,540
1.44% -
2012
$38,970
- -

Table 2. Construction Trades Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of construction trades workers in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for construction trades workers occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $65,640. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $35,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$65,640
Utilities
$64,870
Information
$62,670
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,430
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,890
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,450
Educational Services
$49,780
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,470
Accommodation and Food Services
$48,230
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,920
Manufacturing
$46,810
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,330
Mining
$45,930
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$43,970
Construction
$43,190
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$42,400
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$41,710
Wholesale Trade
$41,620
Retail Trade
$38,150
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,750

Table 3. Salaries of Construction Trades Worker Related Occupations




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