Fence Erectors
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Overview
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Erect and repair fences and fence gates, using hand and power tools.
Titles for this career often contain these words
FenceInstallerErectorBuilderTechnicianTechGateWireWoodChainLinkContractorLaborerMechanicRepairman
Education
Only 3% of fence erectors have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by fence erectors
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer fence erectors have bachelor's degrees than 97% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Fence erectors, with 31,200 workers, form a smaller workforce than 65% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for fence erectors are expected to grow by 10%, and should have about 4,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Fence erectors are more likely to be automated than 79% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for fence erectors compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most fence erectors earn.
$36K$0$20K$40K$60K
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 Infinity% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 10% of fence erectors are minority, and 35% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of fence erectors
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (35%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Fence Erectors per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Worker concerns
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:
Salary and diversity
What do fence erectors earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for fence erectors (BLS Salary Data)
$36K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
$36K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for fence erectors (ACS Salary Data)
$29K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Fence Erectors: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $31KAll jobs' median $45K$30K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire fence erectors.
Employers of Fence Erectors (ACS)
Private for-profit (78.2%)
Private not-for-profit (0.6%)
Local government (1.1%)
State government (0.3%)
Federal government (0.1%)
Self-employed incorporated (5.2%)
Self-employed not incorporated (14.5%)
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.
$29K$28K$37K$30K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed 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.
$36K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for fence erectors

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
01K2K3K4K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Fence erectors and gender

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

Context: Women in the workforce
2%0%20%40%60%80%100%
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.

$29K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KMen

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of fence erectors

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. 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 (16% )
Black (4% )
Multiracial (3% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Asian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
10%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
35%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.

$21K$23K$30K$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KBlackHispanicWhiteOther
Distribution: Salaries for fence erectors by nativity
$29K$30K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Fence erectors and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 14% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 55% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
14%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time fence erectors is shown following.

$12K$29K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
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.

Education attained by fence erectors
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
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.

$28K$31K$32K$27K$25K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KNone (38%)High School (41%)Some College (15%)Associate's/Cert. (2%)Master's Degree (0%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Switching Careers
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 ManagersConstruction LaborersLaborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversFirst-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction WorkersCarpentersBus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine SpecialistsSchool bus monitors and protective service workersSecretaries and administrative assistantsCustomer Service RepresentativesFirst-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales WorkersBuilding CleanersComputer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers
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 3 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.

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
Variation by state
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
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Fence Erectors per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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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
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Fence Erectors (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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