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Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction: NAICS 237

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About the Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction subsector

The heavy and civil engineering construction subsector is part of the construction sector.

The Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction subsector comprises establishments whose primary activity is the construction of entire engineering projects (e.g., highways and dams), and specialty trade contractors, whose primary activity is the production of a specific component for such projects. Specialty trade contractors in Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction generally are performing activities that are specific to heavy and civil engineering construction projects and are not normally performed on buildings. The work performed may include new work, additions, alterations, or maintenance and repairs.

North American Industry Classification System

The heavy and civil engineering construction subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in heavy and civil engineering construction. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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2014
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2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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904.3 912.1 (P) 916.4 (P) 915.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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640.1 702.0 (P) 754.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Carpenters

27,060

Construction laborers

190,930

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

62,330

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

100,810

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

35,940

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for heavy and civil engineering construction.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in heavy and civil engineering construction.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$27.55 $27.14 $27.21 (P) $27.10

Average weekly hours

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40.3 42.7 43.1 (P) 42.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$25.06 $24.85 $25.18 (P) $25.32

Average weekly hours

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39.4 42.5 43.3 (P) 43.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Carpenters

$21.91 $24.53 $45,580 $51,020

Construction laborers

$15.25 $17.87 $31,720 $37,170

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

$29.16 $30.51 $60,640 $63,460

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

$22.19 $24.62 $46,150 $51,220

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

$17.73 $19.66 $36,880 $40,890

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in heavy and civil engineering construction. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

214 175 196 217

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

3.8 3.8 3.5 3.2

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.2 2.2 2.0 1.7

Cases involving days away from work

1.4 1.3 1.2 1.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.7 0.9 0.7 0.6

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in heavy and civil engineering construction.

Establishments

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2013
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2013

Number of establishments

Private industry

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(P) 50,372 (P) 50,589 (P) 50,781 (P) 50,862

Local government

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(P) 4,417 (P) 4,417 (P) 4,419 (P) 4,421

State government

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(P) 1,672 (P) 1,672 (P) 1,671 (P) 1,660

Federal government

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(P) 1 (P) 1 (P) 1 (P) 1

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

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Data extracted on: July 22, 2014

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