AGC Houston Announces Release of 2019 Skilled Workforce Survey

Skilled craft professionals continue to earn high wages, according to the newly-released 2019 Houston Construction Industry Wage Survey sponsored and underwritten by AGC Houston since 2013.  Participating trades includes bricklayer/stone masons, a/c mechanics, electricians, drywall and acoustical ceiling installers, pipefitters, plumbers, sheet metal workers, steel workers, waterproofers, crane, forklift and truck drivers, welders and skilled laborers. 

The collected data, representing more than 151 companies, 7,250 employees in 49 job categories, was compiled and analyzed by Lane Gorman Trubitt, LLC Construction Group. The results include average hourly rate, average health & welfare, average pension, average vacation, and average package.   
“This survey, which we sponsor every three years, not only benchmarks craft workers across different levels but different trades and offers valuable input on the pulse of the industry,” stated Jerry Nevlud, President/CEO AGC Houston. “According to a report released by AGC of America in late August, more than 80 percent of contractors have difficulty filling key craft jobs as demand for construction increases. The severe construction labor shortage is prompting many firms to increase pay and compensation,” he stated.

To help increase the pool of available workforce, many companies have launched or expanded their in-house training programs and are reaching out to high school students and technical schools to promote construction careers. Additional resources of untapped pools include veterans, tradeswomen, local colleges and craft unions. 

Other commercial construction trade association and councils that collaborated in the Skilled Workforce Survey include Associated General Contractors of America; Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Houston Chapter; National Electrical Contractors Association, Southeast Texas Chapter; American Subcontractors Association, Houston Chapter; and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Houston. 

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To view past Houston Area Wage Surveys, click here .