Excavation Work Special Trade Contractors

Industry 1794

Establishments classified in this industry are primarily engaged in excavation work such as foundations for buildings and subdividing and preparing land owned by others for future building construction. Contractors in this industry may also perform incidental concrete work. Contractors primarily engaged in concrete work are classified in Industry 1771, Concrete Work Special Trade Contractors. Contractors primarily engaged in trenching or in earth moving and land clearing not related to building construction are classified in Industry 1629, Heavy Construction Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified. For additional examples, refer to the Standard Industrial Classification Manual: 1987 (SIC) published by the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.

During 1992, the establishments with paid employees classified in this industry accounted for $7.1 billion in total dollar value of business. Of this amount, $6.9 billion were for the value of construction work. These establishments paid out $1.6 billion for materials, components, and supplies and $741 million for construction work subcontracted to others. Costs for selected power, fuels, and lubricants for the industry were $357 million. Value added for 1992 was $4.3 billion.

There were 13,898 establishments with total employment averaging 77,126 during the year. Total payroll for 1992 was $1.8 billion.

Larger establishments with 20 employees or more, while representing only 5 percent of the total number of employer establishments in this industry, accounted for 44 percent of all business done.

                (Dollar values are in thousands)

Construction Workers, average                         62,437
Other Employees, average                              14,689

Fringe Benefits, all employees                       434,138
Selected Purchased Services Cost                     405,347
Rental Costs                                         304,352

Total Building Construction Value                  5,693,368
   Single-Family Houses                            2,625,097
Total Nonbuilding Construction Value                 885,950
   Highways, Streets, and Related Work               332,258
   such as installation of guard rails,
   highway signs, lighting, etc.

Excavating, earth and land clearing                4,910,658
contractor, connected with Buildings Value
Foundation Contractor Value                          585,189
Excavating, earthmoving, and land clearing           581,969
contractor, not connected with Buildings Value

Data are also available from the 1987 Census of Construction both on CDRom and in printed reports.