Construction Laborer Salary

Men account for the majority of Construction Laborers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $14.33 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.93 per hour and $24.98. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and slightly less than a fourth earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,647 - $60,612
(Median)
$22K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $38,576
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$9.93 - $24.98
(Median)
$9
$14
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$21,647 - $60,612  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
Profit Sharing
$430.00  
Commission
$600  
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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$20,946 - $56,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $24.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.08  
Overtime
$14.42 - $37.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$430.00  
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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$20,946 - $56,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,935
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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 go on to become Construction Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Construction Managers is $73K annually. When Construction Laborers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Construction Foremans or Construction Project Managers. Those roles pay an additional $19K and $38K, respectively.

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Construction Laborers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Welding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 43 percent above average. Drywall and Carpenter are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 11 percent and 43 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Painting, framing, and Labor Relations. Competency in Machine Operation frequently indicates knowledge of Roofing Materials Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Laborer

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


For many Construction Laborers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $30K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. Construction Laborers bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,864

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 98 percent, Construction Laborers in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Construction Laborers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+63 percent), Philadelphia (+40 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Toledo (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (18 percent less) and Atlanta (11 percent less).

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 39%



National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Construction Laborer Salaries

Welding
up arrow 43%

Carpenter
up arrow 11%

Drywall
up arrow 11%

Concrete
up arrow 10%

Carpentry
up arrow 7%

Plumbing
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

Tools
up arrow 1%

Cleaning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Flooring Installation
up arrow 1%

Siding Installation
up arrow 2%


Labor Relations
up arrow 6%

framing
up arrow 8%

Painting
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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