Statistics of Women in Construction

Women working in construction numbered 1.3 percent of the entire U.S. workforce in 2017.

Source: https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-databook/2018/home.htm, Table 13

Women in the U.S. earn on average 81.8 percent of what men make. The gender pay gap is reversed in construction occupation, with women earning on average 100.8 percent of what men make.

Source: https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-databook/2018/home.htm, Table 19

Breakdown of Women in the Workforce

As of Dec. 31, 2017, approximately 971,000 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 US workforce:

Occupation Sector Percentage
Sales & Office 28.6%
Professional & Management 43.7%
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance 1%
Service Occupations 21%
Production, Transportation & Material Moving 5.7%

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
2017............................................971,000
2016 General Construction Statistics

Total Workers in Construction ..................................... 10,692,000
Men in Construction .......................................................9,721,000
Women in Construction ................................................... 971,000

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.