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US average construction wage rises

16/07/2019
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Average earnings for construction workers in the US has risen to $30.73 an hour, according to government data analysed by the Associated General Contractors of America.

With demand for non-residential construction high and skills short, companies are raising wages to attract skilled contractors
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The data takes into account all wages and salaries and represents an increase of 3.2% over the last year. The figure is 10.1% higher than the private sector hourly wage average of $27.90.

The group attributed the rise in wages to a reduction in available contractors, with employment in construction haven risen by 224,000 over the past year, with 21,000 jobs filled in June alone. This leaves a diminishing pool of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience, which is forcing companies to raise their wages to seem more attractive to skilled workers. 

“Construction firms continue to go to great lengths to recruit and retain workers during one of the tightest labour markets many of them have ever experienced,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. 

“Making matters worse, relatively few school districts offer the kind of career and technical education programmes that signal to students that they should explore careers in high-paying fields like construction.”

The report shows that most construction job growth during the past month and year come from the non-residential sector, with 146,700 jobs being filled in the last year. 

“The nation’s education system continues to produce too many over-qualified baristas and not enough qualified bricklayers and other craft construction professionals” said Sandherr. 

“As a result of these educational imbalances, too many young adults are struggling to pay off college debts while too many construction firms are struggling to fill job positions that pay well and don’t require costly degrees.”

With wages rising and demand increasing, there are great opportunities for skilled contractors.

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