As the construction labor market remains tight and skilled labor shortages persist, wages in construction continue to rise, often outpacing and exceeding typical earnings in other industries. Is it time to consider a career in construction? Read on!
The industry sees a rising number of job openings year-over-year.
The count of open construction jobs increased slightly to 396,000 unfilled positions in March. However, the highest measure in the history of the data series (going back to late 2000) was 416,000 in April 2019.
The job openings rate in construction remained elevated at 4.9% in March, with 396,000 open positions. This is significantly higher than the 336,000 counts recorded a year ago.
Did you know: The national average hourly earnings (AHE), not seasonally adjusted, in construction was $34.01, while the overall U.S. private sector AHE was under $32.
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States with the Highest, Fastest-Growing Construction Wages
Some of the highest AHE are recorded by states in the Northeast and along the Pacific coast. As of March 2022, seven states reported average earnings, not seasonally adjusted, of more than $40 per hour, including:
- Massachusetts: $43.89
- New Jersey: $42.17
- Illinois: $41.83
- New York: $41.61
- Alaska: $40.67
- Rhode Island: $40.26
- Washington: $40.19
Year-over-year, all but one state reported rising hourly wages. The only exception was Alaska, where hourly rates declined 3.4%. Eight states reported an increase in hourly rates of over 10%:
- Oregon: 14.3%
- Mississippi: 12.6%
- North Carolina: 12.5%
- Virginia: 11.8%
- Kentucky: 11%
- West Virginia: 10.9%
- South Carolina: 10.6%
- New Mexico: 10.4%
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