Construction Laborer Salary (United States)

Most Construction Laborers in the United States are men, earning an average of $13.72 per hour. Pay begins at $9.67 per hour on the low end and climbs to $25.25 near the top. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; 40 percent people have both medical and dental plans, and 19 percent have vision insurance. Most Construction Laborers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Construction Laborer Salary (?
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$23,704 - $81,414
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MEDIAN: $37,579
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Construction Laborer Salary (?
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$9.67 - $25.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$23,704 - $81,414  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
Profit Sharing
$2.17 - $1,513  
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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$20,442 - $59,559  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $25.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $4.52  
Overtime
$13.07 - $35.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.17 - $1,513  
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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$20,442 - $59,559  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,441
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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 not the most common occurrence, Construction Laborers who become Construction Managers earn an extra $41K per year. Construction Laborers moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Construction Project Managers or Construction Foremans, where paychecks increase by $38K or $19,453 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Construction Laborer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Construction Laborers, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Beginning workers can expect to earn $29K starting out, which grows to $34K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $39K after one to two decades. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Construction Laborers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $42K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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New York
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Philadelphia
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Las Vegas
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Madison
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Cleveland
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San Diego
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Atlanta
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Los Angeles
0%
National Average
$31,000
Phoenix
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Seattle
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Charlotte
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With a pay rate for Construction Laborers that is 108 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Construction Laborers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+49 percent), Philadelphia (+42 percent), Las Vegas (+32 percent), and Madison (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Seattle (-13 percent) and Phoenix (-3 percent).

Construction Laborer Advice

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"Don't Sell Yourself Short."
Find out about your employers history before making any plans for working for that company. Make sure you talk about the perks of the company and future benefits for working for that company.

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Experience Affects Construction Laborer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%
Experienced
up arrow 26%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Construction Laborer Salaries

Welding
up arrow 50%
Carpenter
up arrow 19%
Machine Operation
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National Average
$31,000
Carpentry
up arrow 2%
Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 59%
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