After examining data from the 2013 American Community Survey (ACS), National Association of Home Builders economists have determined the median age of workers in the overall construction sector is 42; the estimate is for the residential and nonresidential construction industries. The median age for the overall U.S. workforce is 41.

The ACS data also address regional patterns, which reveal median ages tend to be somewhat higher in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest; for example, the median age of construction workers is 45 in Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire. Lower median ages are found in the central U.S., with the youngest median ages found in North Dakota (38) and Utah (36).

The median age for construction is two years higher than the overall median age of workers in Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Pennsylvania. In North Dakota and South Dakota, the median for construction is two years younger than the overall median age of workers in those states.

The ACS data also reveal an examination of median age by occupations, including workers in and outside the construction industry (for example, construction workers in the energy sector). Construction occupations with younger median ages include construction trade helpers, roofing workers and laborers. Occupations with older median ages include managerial positions such as construction supervisors, construction managers and equipment operators.

The construction sector continues to face challenges attracting a younger generation of workers.


source: National Roofing Contractors of America