Industries at a Glance

Real Estate: NAICS 531

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About the Real Estate subsector

The real estate subsector is part of the real estate and rental and leasing sector.

Industries in the Real Estate subsector group establishments that are primarily engaged in renting or leasing real estate to others; managing real estate for others; selling, buying, or renting real estate for others; and providing other real estate related services, such as appraisal services.

This subsector includes equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) that are primarily engaged in leasing buildings, dwellings, or other real estate property to others.

North American Industry Classification System

The real estate subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in real estate. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,469.0 1,473.7 (P) 1,472.9 (P) 1,477.2

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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1,126.4 1,106.4 (P) 1,108.8

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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5.1% 4.0% 5.4% 5.1%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

49,720

General and operations managers

26,890

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

35,430

Maintenance and repair workers, general

Office clerks, general

94,330

Property, real estate, and community association managers

124,750

Real estate brokers

34,210

Real estate sales agents

131,710

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for real estate.

(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 real estate.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Nov.
2013
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$23.54 $23.88 $23.72 (P) $23.89

Average weekly hours

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34.5 34.9 34.3 (P) 35.2

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Nov.
2013
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$18.52 $18.64 $18.72 (P) $18.91

Average weekly hours

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33.8 34.4 33.7 (P) 34.5

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

$17.43 $18.20 $36,260 $37,860

General and operations managers

$46.94 $58.23 $97,640 $121,110

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

$11.42 $12.45 $23,760 $25,900

Maintenance and repair workers, general

Office clerks, general

$12.57 $13.58 $26,150 $28,240

Property, real estate, and community association managers

$24.16 $29.21 $50,250 $60,760

Real estate brokers

$28.24 $39.38 $58,730 $81,900

Real estate sales agents

$18.02 $24.49 $37,480 $50,940

(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 real estate. 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

53 63 43 50

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

Total recordable cases

(1) 3.1 (1) 2.7 2.8 2.6

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

(1) 1.7 (1) 1.5 1.6 1.3

Cases involving days away from work

(1) 1.2 (1) 1.0 1.1 0.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

(1) 0.6 (1) 0.5 0.5 0.4

Footnotes
(1) Industry scope changed in 2009

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 real estate.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013

Number of establishments

Private industry

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290,250 (P) 291,830 (P) 293,871 (P) 295,973

Local government

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1,674 (P) 1,671 (P) 1,672 (P) 1,670

State government

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28 (P) 27 (P) 27 (P) 27

Federal government

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2 (P) 2 (P) 2 (P) 2

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

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Data extracted on: April 24, 2014

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