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Architecture & Construction career cluster, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval17-1011.00AIBachelor2.45113,700$44,600$78,690
Boilermakers47-2011.00RClong OJT2.1319,800$32,400$55,830
Brickmasons and Blockmasons47-2021.00RCIlong OJT4.0589,200$28,980$50,370
Building Cleaning Workers, all other37-2019.00*short OJT0.7313,100$18,510$29,390
Carpenters47-2031.00RCIlong OJT1.961,001,700$24,880$44,520
Carpet Installers47-2041.00REmod. OJT1.0447,500$21,350$40,930
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers47-2051.00REmod. OJT3.46144,700$23,380$39,870
Construction and Building Inspectors47-4011.00RCIwork exp.1.79102,400$32,050$55,230
Construction and Related Workers, all other47-4099.00Rmod. OJT**$21,990$38,380
Construction Laborers47-2061.00RCmod. OJT2.13998,800$19,040$34,490
Construction Managers11-9021.00ERCBachelor1.66523,100$49,680$90,960
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Continuous Mining Machine Operators47-5041.00RCImod. OJT0.0413,900$33,150$50,940
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas47-5011.00RCImod. OJT0.9318,900$32,560$48,740
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers47-2081.00RCmod. OJT2.75106,700$24,720$42,380
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas47-5021.00RICmod. OJT1.3817,800$27,840$43,840
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers49-9051.00RIClong OJT1.32108,400$36,500$62,280
Electricians47-2111.00RIClong OJT2.32577,000$30,420$53,030
Elevator Installers and Repairers47-4021.00RIClong OJT1.1319,900$39,540$74,140
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators53-7032.00Rmod. OJT1.7361,500$25,740$41,850
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters47-5031.00RICmod. OJT*6,800$32,510$49,380
Extraction Workers, all other47-5099.00Rmod. OJT-0.297,500$24,460$39,710
Fence Erectors47-4031.00RCmod. OJT2.3832,100$20,080$32,410
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers47-1011.00ERCwork exp.2.35558,500$36,880$63,230
First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers37-1012.00ERCwork exp.1.51202,900$26,730$45,100
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles47-2042.00RCmod. OJT0.6817,600$20,810$38,450
Floor Sanders and Finishers47-2043.00Rmod. OJT1.8210,700$21,820$35,640
Glaziers47-2121.00RClong OJT4.2441,900$24,170$42,090
Grounds Maintenance Workers, all other37-3019.00RCshort OJT0.9518,200$17,940$30,620
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers47-4041.00RCmod. OJT2.3138,100$25,000$41,660
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers49-9021.00RCIlong OJT3.37267,800$27,330$45,830
Helpers, Construction Trades, all other47-3019.00Rshort OJT2.8719,600$17,620$27,420
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters47-3011.00Rshort OJT6.0129,400$19,260$31,100
Helpers--Carpenters47-3012.00RCshort OJT5.5746,500$18,130$27,230
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Helpers--Electricians47-3013.00RCshort OJT3.0673,500$19,020$28,840
Helpers--Extraction Workers47-5081.00RCshort OJT0.5524,600$21,550$33,660
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons47-3014.00RCshort OJT2.211,900$17,710$26,360
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-3015.00Rshort OJT4.5457,900$18,010$28,380
Helpers--Roofers47-3016.00RCshort OJT0.9612,700$17,380$25,030
Highway Maintenance Workers47-4051.00RCmod. OJT0.82148,500$22,220$36,240
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall47-2131.00Rmod. OJT2.3423,200$20,990$36,390
Insulation Workers, Mechanical47-2132.00RCImod. OJT3.1828,300$25,630$44,680
Landscape Architects17-1012.00AIRBachelor1.621,600$38,450$68,030
Mechanical Door Repairers49-9011.00Rmod. OJT2.4612,800$24,000$38,590
Mining Machine Operators, all other47-5049.00Rmod. OJT*3,400$31,450$46,590
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators47-2073.00RCImod. OJT2.35349,100$27,080$46,270
Painters, Construction and Maintenance47-2141.00RCmod. OJT1.85390,500$22,980$38,590
Paperhangers47-2142.00RCmod. OJT1.039,100$23,580$38,630
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators47-2071.00RCmod. OJT2.2151,600$23,940$40,170
Pile-Driver Operators47-2072.00RCImod. OJT3.64,100$28,810$55,480
Pipelayers47-2151.00Rmod. OJT2.5353,100$23,340$39,970
Plasterers and Stucco Masons47-2161.00Rlong OJT1.7127,900$23,880$41,860
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-2152.00RClong OJT2.56419,900$29,020$52,950
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers47-2171.00RCIlong OJT4.8619,100$25,560$51,140
Riggers49-9096.00RCIshort OJT1.0615,200$26,470$44,590
Rock Splitters, Quarry47-5051.00RCmod. OJT1.173,500$20,300$33,870
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Roof Bolters, Mining47-5061.00RC*0.25,700$44,260$54,240
Roofers47-2181.00RCmod. OJT1.78136,700$22,350$38,760
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas47-5071.00Rmod. OJT0.8352,700$22,720$35,800
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers49-2098.00RC1,2 year3.363,800$26,370$43,210
Segmental Pavers47-4091.00RCmod. OJT3.311,300$18,300$35,740
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners47-4071.00Rmod. OJT2.0725,300$21,270$35,970
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining47-5013.00RCImod. OJT0.8640,700$28,190$47,540
Sheet Metal Workers47-2211.00Rmod. OJT1.75136,100$25,310$46,870
Stonemasons47-2022.00Rlong OJT3.6515,600$22,210$40,120
Structural Iron and Steel Workers47-2221.00RIClong OJT2.1959,800$26,970$50,740
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters51-2041.00RCmod. OJT1.5780,900$24,550$37,260
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Surveying and Mapping Technicians17-3031.00RCmod. OJT1.5956,900$24,180$42,680
Tapers47-2082.00Rmod. OJT3.4722,900$27,340$49,940
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers47-2053.00Rlong OJT1.53,700$23,050$42,440
Tile and Marble Setters47-2044.00RCAlong OJT2.5458,700$21,450$41,820

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Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2010 to 2020. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2010 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2012. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2012. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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