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Construction Laborer Salary

A sizeable majority of Construction Laborers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $14.06 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.75 per hour to $25.03. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than a third enjoy medical while one-fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. Most Construction Laborers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,832 - $62,047
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$62K
MEDIAN: $38,915
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90%

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$9.75 - $25.03
(Median)
$9
$14
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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
$23,832 - $62,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
Profit Sharing
$50.87 - $2,457  
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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$20,575 - $57,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $25.03  
   
Overtime
$13.12 - $37.51  
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
$50.87 - $2,457  
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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$20,575 - $57,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,451

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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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Though some Construction Laborers move into positions like Construction Manager (where the average salary is $73K), this progression is not the norm. 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 show that Construction Laborers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Welding, Carpenter, and Drywall are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 54 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. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $33K. Construction Laborers bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $44K on average.

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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 40%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Construction Laborer Salaries

Welding
up arrow 54%

Carpenter
up arrow 12%

Drywall
up arrow 11%

Plumbing
up arrow 4%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$32,000

Carpentry
up arrow 1%

Labor Relations
up arrow 8%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 13%

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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