Construction Laborer Salary

Male Construction Laborers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.22 per hour in the United States. Pay generally varies between $9.80 per hour and $24.98. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and about a fourth earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,482 - $61,208
(Median)
$23K
$38K
$61K
MEDIAN: $38,206
10%
50%
90%

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$9.80 - $24.98
(Median)
$9
$14
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,482 - $61,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $996  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,654 - $57,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $24.98  
   
Overtime
$13.38 - $37.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $996  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$20,654 - $57,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,544
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Job Description for Construction Laborer

A construction laborer works with their hands in a variety of construction work. Some of their tasks include digging holes, ditches, and trenches; mixing concrete; painting and plastering; and installing drywall. They help to build and maintain buildings and infrastructure such as roads and highways. They also set up and clean up work sites. Construction laborers work in a variety of settings. Some work outdoors, while others work indoors, at great heights, or underground. Construction workers typically work a standard 40-hour week, although may also experience production halts due to dangerous weather.

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Construction Laborer Tasks

  • Load and unload equipment, clear work areas, and bring materials to workers with specific skills.
  • May operate hand and power tools of all types.
  • Perform tasks involving physical labor at many different types of construction projects.

Common Career Paths for Construction Laborer


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Construction Laborers who transition into a Construction Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $73K per year. Typical career progression for a Construction Laborer involves becoming a Construction Foreman or a Construction Project Manager, roles that pay $19K more and $38K more on average.

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Construction Laborers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Welding, laborer, and Carpenter are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 18 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Painting, Roofing Materials Installation, and framing. Roofing Materials Installation is a skill commonly found among those who know Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Laborer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Construction Laborers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $34K. Construction Laborers see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Construction Laborers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 89 percent above the national average. Construction Laborers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+57 percent), Philadelphia (+57 percent), Indianapolis (+48 percent), and Las Vegas (+31 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Construction Laborers in Houston earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (17 percent lower) and Dallas (13 percent lower).

Construction Laborer Reviews

What is it like working as a Construction Laborer?

Construction Laborer in Reading:
"Hot summer days and cold winter days!"
Pros: I work somewhere different everyday and the health benefits are great!
Cons: I don't have Vacation, holiday and sick days!

Construction Laborer in Apopka:
Pros: The environment people and opportunity for growth. I like how the company is always growing the looking for new ways to exceed.

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Experience Affects Construction Laborer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Construction Laborer Salaries

Welding
up arrow 53%

laborer
up arrow 18%

Carpenter
up arrow 12%

Drywall
up arrow 11%

Concrete
up arrow 6%

Plumbing
up arrow 5%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

Carpentry
0%

Construction Estimating
0%

National Average
$32,000

Labor Relations
up arrow 7%

framing
up arrow 8%


Painting
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 61%
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