Residential Building Wages Continue to Increase


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average hourly earnings for residential building workers was $30.71 per hour in November 2023, increasing 4% from $29.52 per hour a year ago. This was 14.1% higher than the manufacturing industry’s average hourly earnings of $26.91 per hour, 8.9% higher than transportation and warehousing ($28.19 per hour), and 12% lower than mining and logging ($34.91 per hour).

Overall, average hourly earnings for residential building workers increased at a relatively slower pace in the past year, compared to the peak rate of 8% in October 2021. Wage growth has been below 4% in the past 12 months, decelerating to 0.6% in June 2023. November’s acceleration in wage growth reflects an imbalance in the construction labor market. Demand for construction labor remained strong.

Jing Fu, NAHB director of forecasting and analysis, provides more details in this Eye on Housing post.

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