Jobs of the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building job diary lists Thursday, August 14, 1930 as the day with the largest number of employees on site.*

  • Accountant
  • Arch Labor Foreman
  • Arch Labor Pusher
  • Arch Laborer
  • Bricklayer Foreman
  • Bricklayer Deputy
  • Bricklayer Pusher
  • Bricklayer
  • Burner
  • Carpenter Helper
  • Caulking Inspector
  • Cement Finisher
  • Cement Finisher Pusher
  • Checker
  • Civil Engineer
  • Assistant Civil Engineer
  • Clerk
  • Cost Clerk
  • Derrick Foreman
  • Derrickman Pusher
  • Derrickman
  • Distribution Clerk
  • Driller
  • Driller Pusher
  • Electrical Inspector
  • Elevator Construction Helper
  • Elevator Construction Pusher
  • Elevator Construction
  • Elevator Inspector
  • Engineer
  • Excavator
  • Excavator Pusher
  • General Inspector
  • General Laborer Foreman
  • General Labor
  • Assistant Hoisting Engineer
  • Hoisting Engineer
  • Ironworker Pusher
  • Ironworker
  • Job Runner
  • Assistant Job Runner
  • Maintenance Man
  • Master Mechanic
  • Mechanical Inspector
  • Office Boy
  • Ornamental Inspector
  • Pipe Fitter Foreman
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Plan Clerk
  • Plasterer Laborer
  • Porter
  • Production Clerk
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Rock Man
  • Stenographer
  • Stone Cutter Foreman
  • Stone Cutter
  • Stone Setter Deputy
  • Stone Setter Foreman
  • Stone Setter
  • Storekeeper
  • Superintendent
  • Superintendent Assistant
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Telephone Operator
  • Timekeeper
  • Watchman
  • Water Boy
  • Sub-Contracting Positions:
    • Electrician (temporary lighting and power)
    • Interior Marble
    • Lathing and Plastering
    • Pipe Covering
    • Plumber (heating and ventilating)
    • Roofing and Sheet Metal

Note: There were 3,439 workers listed on that day in over 80 jobs; not listed are nurse, doctor, and restaurant workers (who are said to have been present daily), and possibly many others who may not have made it into the job diary that day.

*Geraldine B. Wagner, Thirteen Months To Go: The Creation Of The Empire State Building, Thunder Bay Press, 2003, p. 130-133.