Nevada had the largest percent decrease in employment of construction and extraction occupations from
May 2006 to May 2010, and also had the largest increase in mean wages for them.
z In Nevada, mean wages for
Mean wages were consistently higher in nonresidential building construction than
residential building construction.
z The mean wage for construction
occupations was $19.55 in
residential building construction,
compared with $22.64 i
Pascagoula, MS, had a larger share of its employment in construction occupations than any other
metropolitan area, with over three times the national average.
z The concentration of
employment for every construction
occupation in Pa
Employment for the largest occupations in the building construction industry was distributed
differently between nonresidential and residential building construction.
z Construction occupations
accounted for 64 percent of
Most of the largest construction occupations were the construction trades occupations.
z The largest occupation,
construction laborers, had
the lowest wage among the
Employment and hourly mean wages for the larges
The highest paid construction occupations were specialized construction trades
workers or their supervisors.
Construction occupations with the highest
mean wages, May 2010
z Construction and extraction
workers earned an average of
Only one architecture and engineering occupation had below-average wages.
z Surveying and mapping
technicians was the only
architecture and engineering
occupation with a mean wage
below the U.S. all-occupations
average. More than half of
The construction occupations that grew between May 2006 and May 2010 tended to be
smaller occupations and were not related to new building construction.
z Employment for septic tank
servicers and sewer pipe cleaners
increased from 2
Employment decreased in 40 of the 46 construction occupations between May 2006 and May 2010.
z Four of the construction
occupations with the largest
percent decrease in employment
between May 2006 and May 2010
were different types o
About 61 percent of construction managers are selfemployed.
Jobseekers who combine construction work expe-
rience with a bachelors degree in a construction-
related field should enjoy the best pros
Employment by industry, occupation, and percent distribution, 2008 and projected 2018.
(Employment in thousands)
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Construction employment: a visual essay
onstruction occupations accounted for 4.9
million jobs in May 2010, down from 6.5
million in May 2006 when employment in
construction-related occupations reache