Construction Laborer Salary

Construction Laborers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $14.71 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Over a third enjoy medical while slightly more than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a sixth. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Construction Laborers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,091 - $61,217
$21K
$37K
$61K
MEDIAN: $37,195
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$10.07 - $25.51
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$26
MEDIAN: $14.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$21,091 - $61,217  
   
Bonus
$98.26 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
Commission
$250.50  
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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$21,226 - $60,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $25.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.13  
Overtime
$15.13 - $38.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$98.26 - $5,000  
   
Commission
$250.50  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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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$21,226 - $60,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,596

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Manager. The latter position pays an average of $73K annually. Construction Laborers most often move into positions as Construction Foremans or Construction Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $19K higher and $38K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Construction Laborer


Survey takers working as Construction Laborers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Concrete, Carpentry, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cleaning, Roofing Materials Installation, and Painting. Most people skilled in Machine Operation are similarly competent in Carpentry.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Laborer

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


For Construction Laborers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Construction Laborers make a median salary of $39K. 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 $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,456

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 63 percent. Construction Laborers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cleveland (+34 percent), Boston (+23 percent), Denver (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent.

Construction Laborer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Construction Laborer?

Construction Laborer in Hammond:
"Demanding work, long hours in cold rain or sun."
Pros: The fact that I am creating and helping in aiding the client with a well finished work that is for the goodness of their shelter.
Cons: Too physically demanding.

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.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Construction Laborer

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 298 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Construction Laborer Salaries

▲31%

▲20%

▲9%

National Average
$32,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Construction Laborer Salaries

▲21%

Carpentry
▲10%


▲2%


labor
▲1%

Tools
▼0%

National Average
$32,000


Carpenter
▼2%

laborer
▼2%


framing
▼3%

Painting
▼3%


▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 298 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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