Average Construction Worker Older Than Overall Workforce

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December 15, 2015

The construction sector, which is already dealing with a shortage of skilled workers, has now found that its workforce is, on average, older than the overall workforce of the U.S.

NAHB analyzed a 2013 American Community Survey and found that the median age of a construction worker is 42, slightly older than the median age (41) of all other workers.

Construction workers in states on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and in the Northeast skew one to two years older than the overall median, while workers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and neighboring states tend to be younger than average.

The report also broke down age by construction job. Explosives workers and construction trade helpers are the youngest specialties, each with a median age of 31. Paperhangers are the most senior position, as the median age for that position was 53.

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