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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Women In Construction

Construction Overview | Printable Snapshot (PDF)

The construction sector builds, alters and maintains residential and nonresidential buildings and infrastructure. From 2007 to 2010, construction lost a sizable number of jobs and many of them did not return after the recession. In 2016, construction contributed $91.2 billion to Texas’ economy. Women account for 19 percent of the state’s 726,000 jobs in this sector.

This industry contributed
$91.2 billion

to the state GDP in 2016.


Jobs held by Texas women in this industry
136,000

These jobs generate additional business activities that ultimately support more than 162,000 jobs in other industries of the Texas economy.

Sources: BEA, Emsi, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Construction Jobs, 2017
Industry/Sector 2017
Number of Jobs
2017
Average Annual Earnings
Women's Jobs Women's Share of Total Jobs
Construction 725,910 $73,621 135,808 19%
Construction of Buildings 164,869 $91,486 34,240 21%
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 150,003 $81,588 23,579 16%
Speciality Trade Construction 411,038 $63,549 77,990 19%

Source: Emsi

Average Monthly Earnings of Women

Earnings Growth
Sector 2010 2016 Earnings Growth
All Sectors $3,067 $3,565 16%
Construction $3,256 $4,102 26%

In 2016, women in construction earned $4,102 per month on average, up 26 percent from 2010.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Top Occupations Based on Total Industry Employment

Occupation Women’s Share Total Jobs
Construction Laborers 6%
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 5%
Electricians 3%
Carpenters 3%
Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters 2%

Source: Emsi

Women in construction most commonly work in professional and administrative occupations, such as accountants and office clerks, rather than production-oriented occupations.

Source: Emsi


In the construction sector, for every…

  • 100 jobs created, an additional 119 jobs are created or affected
  • $1 million in sales, an additional $1.22 million in sales are generated
  • $1 million in earnings generated, an additional $1.06 million in earnings are generated

… in all other industries of the Texas economy

CONCLUSION

Of all sectors of the Texas economy, construction has the lowest share of jobs held by women; but women are more concentrated in construction in Texas than in the nation. Texas women working in construction generate additional business activities that ultimately support about 162,000 jobs in all other industries of the state economy.

Sources: Emsi, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts



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