Salaries for Construction Professionals

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The construction sector covers a diverse range of jobs, from construction management and civil engineering to drafters, surveyors, and architects. Use our easy web tool and salary calculator to determine average work salaries for construction related professionals and for jobs in the building and architecture careers. Find educational requirements for the highest paying professions, such as Infrastructure Design Engineers, Architects, and Building Project Managers.

Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances...

Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and...

Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.

Smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. Align forms for sidewalks,...

Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the...

Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads,...

Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections...

Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.

Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small...

Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures,...

Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other...

Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control...

Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May...

Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.

Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing...

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or...

Inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.

Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street...

Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.

Erect and repair fences and fence gates, using hand and power tools.

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

Apply blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors.

Scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machine, and apply coats of finish.

Perform technical activities at power plants or individual installations necessary for the generation of power from geothermal energy sources. Monitor and control...

Install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops.

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive...

Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.

Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

Help brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, or tile and marble setters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding...

Help carpenters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Help electricians by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic...

Help painters, paperhangers, plasterers, or stucco masons by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools,...

Help plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools,...

Help roofers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway...

Operate or tend hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment.

Repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ovens.

Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.

Apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.

Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended...

Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial,...

Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of...

Move or install mobile homes or prefabricated buildings.

Install, service, or repair automatic door mechanisms and hydraulic doors. Includes garage door mechanics.

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or...

Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to...

Cover interior walls or ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, or attach advertising posters on surfaces such as walls and billboards. May remove...

Operate equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or equipment used for tamping...

Operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures,...

Lay out, assemble, install, or maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling,...

Lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains. Perform any combination of the following tasks: grade trenches or culverts, position pipe, or seal...

Apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.

Assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes.

Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment...

Build or repair equipment such as furnaces, kilns, cupolas, boilers, converters, ladles, soaking pits and ovens, using refractory materials.

Install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.

Position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce concrete. Use a variety of fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, and hand...

Set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.

Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal,...

Build rough wooden structures, such as concrete forms, scaffolds, tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports, billboard signs, and temporary frame shelters, according to...

Lay out, cut, and place segmental paving units. Includes installers of bedding and restraining materials for the paving units.

Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.

Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of...

Direct work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.

Install or repair solar energy systems designed to collect, store, and circulate solar-heated water for residential, commercial or industrial use.

Operate or maintain stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes. Operate equipment, such...

Build stone structures, such as piers, walls, and abutments. Lay walks, curbstones, or special types of masonry for vats, tanks, and floors.

Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage...

Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.

Make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or...

Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

Apply a mixture of cement, sand, pigment, or marble chips to floors, stairways, and cabinet fixtures to fashion durable and decorative surfaces.

Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, ceilings, and roof decks.

Perform a variety of activities to weatherize homes and make them more energy efficient. Duties include repairing windows, insulating ducts, and performing heating,...

Largely because of the glut of housing available because of the financial crisis, jobs in construction have faced challenges. New construction slowed over the past five years, and remaining housing inventory remains as an overhang. Additionally, infrastructure spending has been weak in the governmental sector, except for some special stimulus to counteract the financial crash.

Jobs in construction have, therefore, faced weak demand and an oversupply of labor. That being said, specialized infrastructure management knowledge, "green construction" skills, and project management have been in high demand. The continuance of technological innovations, coupled with a housing recovery and a low interest rate environment, should continue to propel the construction industry forward and lead to growth in the coming years.

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