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Construction Laborer Salary

Men make up the majority of Construction Laborers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $14.12 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.78 per hour and $25.05. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Construction Laborers is high. More than a third enjoy medical while one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,831 - $61,118
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $38,667
10%
50%
90%

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$9.78 - $25.05
(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
$23,831 - $61,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
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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$20,623 - $57,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $25.05  
   
Overtime
$13.14 - $37.70  
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 - $995  
   
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).
)
$20,623 - $57,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,464
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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 do not often transition into Construction Manager roles. The role averages $73K per year. The most common next step for a Construction Laborer is to become a Construction Foreman or a Construction Project Manager. The former position pays an additional $19K per year on average, and the latter position pays $38K more per year.

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Survey takers working as Construction Laborers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Welding, Carpenter, and Drywall are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Painting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Roofing Materials Installation and Labor Relations also typically command lower compensation. Machine Operation and Roofing Materials Installation are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Laborer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $29K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. Construction Laborers bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $44K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Construction Laborer Salaries

Welding
up arrow 53%

Carpenter
up arrow 12%

Drywall
up arrow 11%

Plumbing
up arrow 4%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

Construction Estimating
0%

National Average
$32,000

Carpentry
up arrow 1%

framing
up arrow 5%


Labor Relations
up arrow 8%

Painting
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
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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