Fence erectors
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Overview
Erect and repair fences and fence gates, using hand and power tools.
Workforce size
Fence erectors, with 25,100 workers, form a smaller workforce than 67% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for fence erectors are expected to grow by 11%, and should have about 3,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Fence erectors are more likely to be automated than 79% of other careers.
Education
Only 3% of fence erectors have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by fence erectors
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer fence erectors have bachelor's degrees than 95% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 75% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for fence erectors. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most fence erectors.
This job's median $35KAll jobs' median $39K$34K$38K20142015201620172018$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 2% of fence erectors -- that's a smaller percentage than 94% of other jobs.
Gender of fence erectors
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For fence erectors, the median men's salary was 14% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 9% of fence erectors are minority, and 34% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of fence erectors
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (34%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Fence Erectors per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 19% of fence erectors, and 26% have company-sponsored health insurance (12% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for fence erectors
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of fence erectors who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (96%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (95%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (69%)
  • Consequence of Error (62%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (55%)
  • Exposed to High Places (51%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (38%)
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration (32%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do fence erectors earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for fence erectors, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for fence erectors compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for fence erectors (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all fence erectors, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for fence erectors compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for fence erectors (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where fence erectors work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Fence erectors (ACS)
Private for-profit (77.6%)
Private not-for-profit (0.6%)
Local government (1.0%)
State government (0.3%)
Federal government (0.2%)
Self-employed incorporated (5.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (14.7%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of fence erectors by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$28K$27K$31K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Self-employed not incorporatedPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of fence erectors by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for fence erectors

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Fence erectors and gender

With 2% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 94% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Fence erectors
Men (98%)
Women (2%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for men. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$28K$0$20K$40K$60KMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Fence erectors have one of the middle percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job higher than that for 40% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of fence erectors

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority fence erectors than for 94% of other careers. Although this career does not include a large percentage of minorities, it does hire more foreign-born people that most other careers.

Race/origin of fence erectors
White (75% )
Other (15% )
Black (4% )
Multiracial (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Asian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
34%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for fence erectors by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for fence erectors by nativity
$28K$28K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by fence erectors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fence erectors typically hold no formal educational credential.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as fence erectors as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for fence erectors.

Education attained by fence erectors
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for fence erectors? Below we see the distribution of fence erectors salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as fence erectors, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$28K$30K$28K$24K$0$20K$40K$60KNone (39%)High School (41%)Some College (15%)Master's Degree (1%)
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for fence erectors

What jobs will most fence erectors hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of fence erectors reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Fence erectorsConstruction managersHand laborers and freight, stock, and material moversConstruction laborersFirst-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workersCarpentersBus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialistsSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersElectriciansSecretaries and administrative assistantsCustomer service representativesFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersJanitors and building cleanersComputer, automated teller, and office machine repairersManagers (specialized areas)Installation, maintenance, and repair workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for fence erectors

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 4 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as fence erectors as well as 1% of respondents after working as fence erectors. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for fence erectors
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers
22,800
$0$200K$39K
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers
11,500
$0$200K$43K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for fence erectors: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as fence erectors? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of fence erectors surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for fence erectors
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Retail salespersons
676,200
$0$200K$31K
1.2%
Cooks
358,700
$0$200K$21K
1.5%
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
11.8%
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
147,300
$0$200K$25K
1.6%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
3.8%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$43K
2.3%
Education administrators
45,800
$0$200K$68K
1.2%
First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers
43,600
$0$200K$59K
1.8%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
2.2%
Painters and paperhangers
39,300
$0$200K$29K
1.9%
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers
22,800
$0$200K$39K
2.4%
Drafters
19,700
$0$200K$52K
1.1%
Drywall and ceiling tile installers
13,400
$0$200K$29K
2.4%
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers
11,500
$0$200K$43K
2.0%
Fence erectors
3,200
$0$200K$28K
52.9%
No occupation
4.6%
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for fence erectors
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 75% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for fence erectors. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $35KAll jobs' median $39K$31K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50K
Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for fence erectors are anticipated to grow by 11% over the next decade; only 23% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for fence erectors is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most fence erectors? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as fence erectors. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Fence Erectors per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where fence erectors earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for fence erectors compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for fence erectors.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Fence Erectors to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which fence erectors earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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