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Architecture & Construction career cluster, in The United States of America

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Building Cleaning Workers, all other37-2019.00*short OJT0.4716,900$19,430$30,960
Helpers--Carpenters47-3012.00RCshort OJT0.7639,700$19,690$30,200
Helpers, Construction Trades, all other47-3019.00Rshort OJT1.0319,500$20,000$31,450
Helpers--Electricians47-3013.00RCshort OJT1.8169,000$20,110$30,980
Helpers--Roofers47-3016.00RCshort OJT1.511,300$20,330$28,890
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers49-9095.00RCmod. OJT-34,000$20,330$31,030
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons47-3014.00RCshort OJT1.0111,900$20,370$28,760
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-3015.00Rshort OJT1.3452,400$20,570$30,640
Carpet Installers47-2041.00REmod. OJT-0.0445,300$20,810$44,310
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters47-3011.00Rshort OJT2.2623,500$21,360$33,610
Construction Laborers47-2061.00RCmod. OJT1.271,159,100$21,510$37,890
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Fence Erectors47-4031.00RCmod. OJT0.8224,400$21,800$36,380
Segmental Pavers47-4091.00RCmod. OJT0.771,300$21,820$34,160
Floor Sanders and Finishers47-2043.00Rmod. OJT0.637,900$22,470$38,890
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners47-4071.00Rmod. OJT1.6224,700$23,150$38,870
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles47-2042.00RCmod. OJT1.2317,100$23,260$42,370
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall47-2131.00Rmod. OJT0.5925,600$23,380$39,490
Stonemasons47-2022.00Rlong OJT1.4814,900$23,650$43,650
Tile and Marble Setters47-2044.00RCAlong OJT0.6555,100$24,200$44,770
Paperhangers47-2142.00RCmod. OJT0.316,400$24,250$36,470
Construction and Related Workers, all other47-4099.00Rmod. OJT0.6835,400$24,340$40,480
Highway Maintenance Workers47-4051.00RCmod. OJT0.48151,300$24,470$39,540
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Painters, Construction and Maintenance47-2141.00RCmod. OJT0.74360,500$24,860$41,510
Roofers47-2181.00RCmod. OJT1.29123,400$25,040$42,080
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters51-2041.00RCmod. OJT0.279,200$25,410$40,000
Mechanical Door Repairers49-9011.00Rmod. OJT1.0917,400$25,960$40,420
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers47-2053.00Rlong OJT0.593,400$25,980$45,990
Surveying and Mapping Technicians17-3031.00RCmod. OJT-0.7757,300$26,030$45,490
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators47-2071.00RCmod. OJT0.9257,700$26,150$43,800
Pipelayers47-2151.00Rmod. OJT1.1645,700$26,320$42,860
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers47-2051.00REmod. OJT1.31155,200$26,590$43,720
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers47-4041.00RCmod. OJT0.7643,700$26,630$45,500
Sheet Metal Workers47-2211.00Rmod. OJT0.67141,000$26,640$51,080
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Glaziers47-2121.00RClong OJT0.4245,300$26,820$47,260
Plasterers and Stucco Masons47-2161.00Rlong OJT0.727,000$26,820$44,070
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers47-2081.00RCmod. OJT0.52106,000$26,830$47,400
Carpenters47-2031.00RCIlong OJT0.64945,400$27,070$48,340
Extraction Workers, all other47-5099.00Rmod. OJT1.055,700$27,100$51,170
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators53-7032.00Rmod. OJT0.6353,900$27,220$45,230
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers49-2098.00RC1,2 year1.364,000$27,610$45,660
Riggers49-9096.00RCIshort OJT0.8720,800$27,820$49,030
Solar Photovoltaic Installers47-2231.00RC*2.545,900$27,970$42,500
Dredge Operators53-7031.00Rmod. OJT0.452,200$28,230$46,530
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers49-9021.00RCIlong OJT1.36292,000$28,440$48,320
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Insulation Workers, Mechanical47-2132.00RCImod. OJT1.9330,100$28,920$51,100
Tapers47-2082.00Rmod. OJT0.5221,000$29,320$53,790
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas47-5021.00RICmod. OJT1.3520,000$29,480$51,240
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers47-2171.00RCIlong OJT2.3518,700$29,720$53,600
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators47-2073.00RCImod. OJT1.02363,400$29,730$50,560
Brickmasons and Blockmasons47-2021.00RCIlong OJT1.8678,100$30,070$53,440
Rail Transportation Workers, all other53-4099.00Rmod. OJT0.263,800$30,160$59,480
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters47-2152.00RClong OJT1.16425,000$30,430$56,030
Structural Iron and Steel Workers47-2221.00RIClong OJT0.4661,400$30,440$56,040
Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door49-9012.00RCImod. OJT0.0542,400$31,180$56,180
Pile-Driver Operators47-2072.00RCImod. OJT1.623,700$31,740$61,740
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electricians47-2111.00RIClong OJT1.37628,800$31,800$56,650
Mining Machine Operators, all other47-5049.00Rmod. OJT02,600$32,830$50,220
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas47-5011.00RCImod. OJT1.3421,700$33,790$51,140
Mechanical Drafters17-3013.00RCI1,2 year-0.6865,700$34,490$57,480
Continuous Mining Machine Operators47-5041.00RCImod. OJT-0.5712,300$34,500$52,650
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters47-5031.00RICmod. OJT0.378,100$34,630$54,580
Construction and Building Inspectors47-4011.00RCIwork exp.0.79101,200$34,830$61,250
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators51-8021.00RIClong OJT0.1539,100$35,150$61,410
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers49-9051.00RIClong OJT1.1118,600$36,610$67,160
Elevator Installers and Repairers47-4021.00RIClong OJT1.320,700$37,890$76,860
Landscape Architects17-1012.00AIRBachelor0.5322,500$38,950$68,820
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.1578,400$40,010$68,040
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval17-1011.00AIBachelor0.69112,600$46,600$84,470
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation and Relay49-2095.00RC1,2 year-0.4422,700$50,900$74,540
Construction Managers11-9021.00ERCBachelor0.48373,200$53,740$99,510

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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 2014 to 2024. 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 of America in 2014 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 of America in 2016. 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 $208,000 are sometimes shown as >$208,000 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States of America in 2016. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $208,000 are sometimes shown as >$208,000 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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