The median age of construction workers is 41, according to a National Association of Home Builders’ analysis of the most recent 2019 American Community Survey data, an attribute that makes contractors’ efforts to attract new workers to the industry even more urgent.

Maine holds the oldest median age of construction workers, at 47, followed by New Hampshire at 46 and West Virginia at 45. On the other end of the spectrum, construction workers in the central U.S. are younger than average, with around half in North Dakota and Alaska under 36 and half of all construction workers in Oklahoma and Utah under 38.

By occupation, first-line supervisors of construction trades, extraction workers and construction managers had the oldest median age at 46. Helpers had the youngest median age at 30, followed by those who do solar-photovoltaic installations, with a median age of 33.

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Tom is a construction estimator with over 35 years of experience in the industry from field work to general contracting.

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