Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for general contractors in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 36,310 general contractors currently employed in the United States.
  • 9.4% of all general contractors are women, while 90.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed general contractor is 46 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of general contractors is White (77.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (13.9%), Black or African American (3.4%) and Asian (2.7%).
  • In 2021, women earned 89% of what men earned.
  • 2% of all general contractors are LGBT.
  • General contractors are 75% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

General Contractor Statistics By Gender

9.4% of general contractors are women and 90.6% of general contractors are men.

  • Male, 90.6%
  • Female, 9.4%

General Contractors By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male90.6%
Female9.4%

Gender Pay Gap For General Contractor

Women Earn 89¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$67,551
female-income
Female Income
$60,354

General Contractor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the general contractor position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

General Contractor Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201090.84%9.16%
201191.61%8.39%
201290.90%9.10%
201390.89%9.11%
201492.43%7.57%
201590.71%9.29%
201690.18%9.82%
201788.24%11.76%
201890.76%9.24%
201989.68%10.32%

General Contractor Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, pipeline superintendent and station superintendent have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Community Health Nursing Director7%93%
Early Childhood Services Coordinator7%93%
Tourist Home Keeper8%92%
General Contractor91%9%
Agronomy Research Manager98%2%
Station Superintendent98%2%
Pipeline Superintendent99%1%

General Contractor Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among general contractors is White, which makes up 77.9% of all general contractors. Comparatively, there are 13.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 3.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 77.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.9%
  • Black or African American, 3.4%
  • Asian, 2.7%
  • Unknown, 1.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

General Contractor Race

General Contractor RacePercentages
White77.9%
Hispanic or Latino13.9%
Black or African American3.4%
Asian2.7%
Unknown1.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.5%

General Contractor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among general contractors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

General Contractor Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201080.14%3.47%2.44%11.85%
201180.17%3.99%2.17%11.90%
201280.54%3.50%2.34%11.57%
201379.51%4.14%2.76%11.68%
201478.85%4.07%2.65%12.29%
201578.92%3.90%2.61%12.00%
201679.10%3.28%2.51%13.02%
201777.49%3.18%2.75%14.56%
201878.22%3.35%2.68%13.77%
201977.93%3.38%2.72%13.94%

General Contractor Wage Gap By Race

Unknown general contractors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino general contractors have the lowest average salary at $60,536.
$71,000
$69,000
$67,000
$65,000
$63,000
$61,000
$59,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$68,571
White$64,836
Black or African American$61,862
Asian$63,957
Hispanic or Latino$60,536

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Average Age of a General Contractor

We determined the average age of general contractors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

General Contractor Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American5048.5
Unknown4452
Asian4542
Hispanic or Latino4339.5
White4844
American Indian and Alaska Native50

General Contractor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of general contractor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of general contractors is 40+ years old, which represents 70% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


General Contractor Age

General Contractor YearsPercentages
40+ years70%
30-40 years24%
20-30 years6%

Types of General Contractor Degree Levels

The most common degree for general contractors is bachelor's degree 45% of general contractors earn that degree. A close second is high school diploma with 21% and rounding it off is associate degree with 20%.

  • Bachelors, 45%
  • High School Diploma, 21%
  • Associate, 20%
  • Diploma, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 9%

General Contractors By Education

General Contractor DegreePercentages
Bachelors45%
High School Diploma21%
Associate20%
Diploma5%
Other Degrees9%

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General Contractor Wage Gap By Education

General contractors with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $91,509 annually. With a Doctorate degree, general contractors earn a median annual income of $90,053 compared to $80,569 for general contractors with an Bachelors degree.
$93,000
$88,000
$83,000
$78,000
$73,000
$68,000
$63,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$67,551
Master's Degree$91,509
Bachelor's Degree$80,569
Doctorate Degree$90,053
Some College/ Associate Degree$67,449

General Contractor Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where general contractors work. We found most general contractors work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most general contractors is the non profits industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire general contractors.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

General Contractor Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees13%
50 - 100 employees5%
100 - 500 employees19%
500 - 1,000 employees18%
1,000 - 10,000 employees31%
> 10,000 employees14%

The Types Of Companies General Contractor Work In

Employees with the general contractor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most general contractors prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

General Contractor Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public19%
Private75%
Government5%

Top Industries Hiring General Contractors

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ general contractors. Those industries include non profits, technology and manufacturing.

Construction

Professional

Manufacturing

Retail

Fortune 500

General Contractor Turnover And Employment Statistics

General Contractor Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of general contractors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

General Contractor Unemployment Rate By Year

YearGeneral Contractor Unemployment Rate
201011.13%
20119.39%
20126.73%
20135.09%
20143.91%
20153.22%
20162.80%
20172.50%
20182.02%
20191.64%

The Average Number of Years That General Contractor Stay in a Job

By looking over 20,107 general contractors resumes, we figured out that the average general contractor enjoys staying at their job for 11+ years for a percentage of 26%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

General Contractor Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year12%
1-2 years23%
3-4 years15%
5-7 years16%
8-10 years7%
11+ years26%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of General Contractors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to general contractors.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
General Contractor2.16%
Reservoir Engineering Manager8.13%62,437
Senior Supply Chain Analyst8.41%42,803
Therapy Program Manager10.10%119,197
Household Manager12.85%2,541
Casino Shift Manager14.43%59,202
Educational Administrator14.77%52,917

General Contractor LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Reservoir Engineering Manager8.13%62,437
Senior Supply Chain Analyst8.41%42,803
Therapy Program Manager10.10%119,197
Household Manager12.85%2,541
Casino Shift Manager14.43%59,202
Educational Administrator14.77%52,917

Foreign Languages Spoken By General Contractors

The most common foreign language among general contractors is Spanish at 59.1%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.3% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 4.0%.

  • Spanish, 59.1%
  • French, 8.3%
  • Portuguese, 4.0%
  • Russian, 3.4%
  • Arabic, 3.4%
  • Other, 21.8%

General Contractor Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish59.1%
French8.3%
Portuguese4.0%
Russian3.4%
Arabic3.4%
Other21.8%

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Which State Has The Most General Contractors?

By looking through more than 20,107 resumes, we found that the most popular places for general contractors are New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Number of General Contractors

Number Of General Contractor Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California4,452$84,462
2New York1,801$71,576
3Massachusetts1,103$67,689
4New Jersey987$78,396
5Washington877$82,975
6Oregon618$82,694
7Utah456$87,091
8Connecticut420$90,244
9Texas396$55,797
10Florida363$60,268
11Nebraska298$81,410
12Idaho231$90,192
13New Hampshire230$76,730
14Virginia214$76,848
15Maine203$75,686
16Pennsylvania199$81,931
17District of Columbia197$67,276
18Delaware188$71,601
19North Carolina181$64,383
20Rhode Island174$75,193
21Georgia159$57,980
22North Dakota152$66,823
23Ohio151$69,359
24Illinois131$68,882
25South Dakota125$71,171
26Colorado108$76,338
27Maryland104$80,471
28Indiana100$69,079
29Tennessee97$62,796
30Michigan97$65,872
31Arizona94$71,489
32Wisconsin84$63,938
33South Carolina82$65,062
34Missouri77$72,060
35Alabama75$73,242
36Louisiana67$74,148
37Minnesota66$74,767
38Vermont66$67,716
39Iowa47$61,259
40Oklahoma46$75,273
41Kentucky42$60,531
42Nevada41$77,362
43West Virginia40$86,746
44Kansas40$63,114
45Arkansas31$55,536
46New Mexico30$79,633
47Montana27$73,454
48Alaska26$62,932
49Mississippi25$54,307
50Wyoming19$71,539
51Hawaii18$68,381

General Contractor Demographics FAQs

How Many General Contractor Are There In The Us?

There are over 35,625 General Contractors in the United States.

What Percentage Of General Contractors Are Black?

3.4% of General Contractors are Black or African American

What Race Are Most General Contractors?

Most a are White, with 77.9% of General Contractors belonging to this ethnicity. 13.9% of General Contractors are Hispanic or Latino, 3.4% of General Contractors are Black or African American, 2.7% of General Contractors are Asian, 1.6% of General Contractors are Unknown, and 0.5% of General Contractors are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are General Contractor Jobs Male - Dominated ?

Yes, General Contractor jobs are male - dominated. 90% of General Contractors are male, and 9% are female, so there are more male General Contractors than female General Contractors in the United States.

How Old Is The Average General Contractor ?

The average General Contractor is 47 years old. 70% of General Contractors are 40+ years old or older, 24% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 6% are between 20-30 years old

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