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Construction Industry Sector Report


February 2018 — Labor Market Intelligence Center

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The construction industry makes up the 8th largest sector by employment in the DFW area, averaging about 33,901 new hires each quarter.

Source: JobsEQ

Did You Know?

From 2007 to 2017, Specialty Trade Contractor businesses experienced the strongest growth within the sector in the DFW region.

Source: JobsEQ

Notable Health Care Employers in Dallas County

  • Balfour Beatty
  • DR Horton
  • Hunt Construction
  • Austin Industries
  • The Beck Group
  • TDIndustries
  • Turner Construction
  • ED Bell Construction

Source: Business Wise

Skills in Demand

  • Repair
  • HVAC
  • Electrical Work
  • Inspection
  • Plumbing
  • Hand Tools

Source: BurningGlass

Annual Wages for In-Demand Occupations

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  • Entry wage: $30,662
  • Median wage: $41, 883

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

  • Entry wage: $27,724
  • Median wage: $45,573

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

  • Entry wage: $43,811
  • Median wage: $61,759

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

  • Entry wage: $30,765
  • Median wage: $43,255

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

  • Entry wage: $32,193
  • Median wage: $43, 557

Source: Texas Workforce Commission

Dallas College Construction Program Options

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Welding Technology

Please visit the Dallas College Catalog for more construction program offerings.

“Dallas area construction companies are short 20,000 construction workers despite wages rising 35 percent for most needed trades.”
—Phil Crone, Dallas Builders Association
“Lack of labor is delaying delivery of a new home by one month and adding more than $5,000 in additional cost to every home built in the DFW area.”
—Dallas Builders Association

Incremental Wages Gains for Program Graduates

  • High School Diploma: $43,519
  • Dallas College Award: $61,019
  • Incremental Gain: $17,500

Biggest Year-Over-Year Jumps in Home Prices

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In southern Dallas County neighborhoods:

  • Wilmer-Hutchins - 40%
  • Southeast Dallas - 27%
  • Duncanville - 20%
  • Lancaster - 16%

For More Information

Contact Ben Magill, executive director, Labor Market Intelligence Center.

Ben Magill
Executive Director