Construction Laborer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Construction Laborers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $14.33 per hour nationwide. Compensation ranges between $9.93 per hour and $24.98. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Though the majority of Construction Laborers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and slightly more than a fifth earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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As Construction Laborers transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Managers earn $73K on average 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 results imply that Construction Laborers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. Experience with Machine Operation is often linked with 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 Construction Laborers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $30K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $34K. Construction Laborers see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,864

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

Construction Laborers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 98 percent. Construction Laborers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+63 percent), Philadelphia (+40 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Toledo (+15 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. 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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