Statistics of Women in Construction

Women working in construction numbered 1.3 percent of the entire U.S. workforce in 2015.
Source: https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-databook/2016/pdf/home.pdf, Table 13

Women in the U.S. earn on average 81.1 percent of what men make. The gender pay gap is much narrower in the construction industry. In construction, women earn on average 95.7 percent of what men make.
Source: https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-databook/2016/pdf/home.pdf, Table 19

Breakdown of Women in Construction

As of Dec. 31, 2016, approximately 939,000 women were employed in various occupation sectors of the construction industry. Women now make up 9.1 percent of the construction industry in the United States. The following is a breakdown of women by occupation sector in the construction industry:  

Occupation Sector           Number of Women            Percentage
Sales & Office 423,000 45%
Professional & Management 293,000 31%
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance            196,000 21%
Service Occupations 14,000 1.5%
Production, Transportation & Material Moving 13,000 1.4%
Numbers of Women in the Construction Industry Sector

2005.........................................1,079,000
2006.........................................1,131,000
2007.........................................1,119,000
2008.........................................1,069,000
2009............................................970,200
2010............................................807,000
2011............................................828,000
2012............................................802,000
2013............................................840,000
2013............................................872,000
2015............................................929,000
2016............................................939,000

2016 General Construction Statistics

Total Workers in Construction ..................................... 10,328,000
Men in Construction .......................................................9,389,000
Women in Construction ................................................... 939,000

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics — Current Population Survey at http://stats.bls.gov. This is an annual average based on monthly surveys of 60,000 households, equaling 150,000 people. Numbers are rounded off to the nearest thousandth.  

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