Careers in Green Construction Show High Wages and Salaries

A recent report published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics called Careers in Green Construction show strong trends for national green construction job growth with highly competitive wages and salaries.

Several interesting statistics about growth in the green construction sector are worth noting:

  • The green building industry has grown despite the slump caused by the recession of 2007-009.
  • According to McGraw-Hill, the green nonresidential building construction sector was worth $3 billion in 2005 and grew by more than 14 times to land somewhere between $43 and $54 billion in 2010.
  • The nonresidential green building market is predicted to grow to $120 billion or more by 2015.
  • Green construction supported more than 1 million workers between 2000 and 2008, a number that is expected to grow to more than 3.3 million between 2009 and 2013.
  • Commercial construction is the largest player in the green building sector.

Among other things, the report goes over some of the biggest areas where growth is being seen in the green construction sector. These include energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, onsite practices, and so on. They categorize the various types of green construction jobs in the following way:

  • Design occupations including architects, civil engineers, electrical engineers, landscape architects, mechanical engineers, and urban planners. These folks see annual wages between $63,000 and $84,000.
  • Building construction occupations including construction managers, construction laborers, operating engineers, and construction equipment operators. People working in this sector see annual wages between $31,000 and $85,000.
  • Specialty trade occupations are those that are carpenters, electricians, heating/air conditioning/refrigeration mechanics and installers, plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, insulation workers, painters, glaziers, and roofers. The annual wages in this category range from $31,000 to $51,000.

In other words, green jobs in the construction industry include a broad range of skill levels, experience, and education requirements and provide opportunities for competitive incomes for fulfilling work.


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Maryruth Belsey Priebe

Maryruth has been seeking the keys to environmental justice - both at home and at work - for over a decade. Growing up adjacent to wild spaces, Maryruth developed a healthy respect (and whimsical appreciation) for things non-human, but her practical mind constantly draws her down to earth to ponder tangible solutions to complex eco-problems.

With interests that range from green living to green business, sustainable building designs to organic gardening practices, ecosystem restoration to environmental health, Maryruth has been exploring and writing about earth-matters for most of her life. Of special interest is the subject of ecopsychology and the role the natural world plays in the long-term health and well-being of humanity. You can learn more about Maryruth's work at

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  1. C. Piper says:


    Good to see those numbers forecast to grow. We must lessen our dependency on foreign oil, no doubt. And, job growth is a good sign that the market is taking us in the right direction.

    Also, I read your article about the “Plastic Island in the Pacific Ocean.” I was not aware of such a thing and was disgusted. I will be heeding the tips in that article.

    Judging from the size of the “Plastic Islands,” we can only slow it’s growth, and never rid it, unless the public’s use of plastic falls out of demand. But, that’s unlikely.

    Passing laws help, but will not stop this island from growing? I mean, lIttering and dumping trash overboard is illegal, yet this island still grew. Laws are not the answer, IMO.

    Changing the perceiption of the use of plastic is possible, but will take time.

    I think the only real chance of turning this problem around is turning to the power of self-interest and freedom.

    There is no one (including a big government agency) that has more motivation and determination to pursue this “itch” than you. Self-interest is the most powerful thing and each should be free to pursue it, provided they are not hindering others from pursuing theirs. With this freedom, we wouldn’t know that E=MC squared :)

    I am glad I came across this article, I tweeted it to get the word out.

    Thank you.

    Kudos to you for what you’re doing.

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