Marcia Hultman

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Labor Market Information Center

2015 Annual Summary

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

Construction Supersector

The Construction supersector is made up of one sector, construction. Businesses within this supersector erect buildings and other structures, perform alterations, installation, maintenance and repairs.

South Dakota Covered Workers and Pay
Supersector, Sector and Subsector Number of Establishments Average Number of Workers Annual Pay
Construction 4,010 22,201 $44,996
  Construction 4,010 22,201 $44,996
    Construction of Buildings 1,328 5,700 $42,962
    Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 399 3,451 $57,284
    Specialty Trade Contractors 2,283 13,049 $42,638
Totals may not add due to rounding.
Data subject to revision.
Produced by the Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


NAICS Sector 23

The Construction sector is divided into three subsectors:

The Construction of Buildings (NAICS 236) subsector is defined as establishments that perform new work, additions, alterations, maintenance and repairs.

The Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (NAICS 237) subsector includes establishments whose primary activity is the construction of entire engineering projects, and includes specialty trade contractors whose primary activity is the production of a specific component for such projects.

The Specialty Trade Contractors (NAICS 238) subsector is defined as establishments whose primary activity is performing specialized activities involved in building construction such as pouring concrete, site preparation, plumbing, painting and electrical work.

Worker levels within the Construction sector have remained relatively stable the past couple of years and showed an increase between 2014 and 2015. Over the year, the number of establishments increased by 57, which brought the total to 4,010 in 2015. The increased number of establishments was followed by an increase of 943 workers (4.4 percent) over the year. The average annual pay for this sector increased by $2,106 (4.9 percent), bringing the average annual pay to $44,996 in 2015.

Annual pay increased in all three subsectors:

  • Construction of Buildings increased by $1,426 (3.4 percent)
  • Heavy and Civil Engineering increased by $3,498 (6.5 percent)
  • Specialty Trade increased by $2,102 (5.2 percent)

Over the year, all three subsectors have shown an increase in establishments as well. The Construction of Buildings and Specialty Trade subsectors gained 23 and 18 establishments, respectively, along with Heavy and Civil Engineering gaining 16 establishments.

All three Construction subsectors added to their worker levels to accommodate the increased number of establishments in 2015.

Specialty Trade Contractors (NAICS 238) led the way, adding 652 workers (5.3 percent) and bringing its total to 13,049 workers. New homes and businesses were built or existing structures continued with remodeling projects. Specialty trades account for almost 60 percent of the total workers in the sector.

Construction of Buildings (NAICS 236) increased by 206 workers (3.7 percent) in 2015. General contractors responsible for entire projects may subcontract to specialty trade contractors.

The Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (NAICS 237) subsector added 85 workers (2.5 percent). Three consecutive years of moderate worker growth has stabilized this subsector.

In South Dakota, the Construction sector ranked 10th in annual pay among all sectors in 2015. From 2014 to 2015 this sector ranked third overall in employment percentage growth. The overall picture of construction in South Dakota is one portraying conservative but steady worker growth to support infrastructure repair and upgrades and the undertaking of new projects.

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