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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Construction Trades Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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 $78,750. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,840. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 204% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

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 information sector with an annual salary $62,470. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $34,590).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
Transportation and Warehousing
Health Care and Social Assistance
Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Federal, State, and Local Government
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Wholesale Trade
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Retail Trade
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

Table 3. Salaries of Construction Trades Worker Related Occupations


Highest paying industries for construction trades workers.