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 $14.21 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.79 per hour to $25.01. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third enjoy medical while nearly one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than a fifth. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,609 - $61,825
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$62K
MEDIAN: $38,770
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$9.79 - $25.01
(Median)
$9
$14
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,609 - $61,825  
   
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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$20,640 - $57,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $25.01  
   
Overtime
$13.33 - $37.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$20,640 - $57,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,531
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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. Career advancement for the typical Construction Laborer often leads to becoming a Construction Foreman or a Construction Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $19K higher and $38K higher, respectively.

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Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Welding, laborer, and Carpenter are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 18 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Painting, Roofing Materials Installation, and framing. Machine Operation and Roofing Materials Installation are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Laborer

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


Construction Laborers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Construction Laborers make a median salary of $39K. 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 $43K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Construction Laborers, 89 percent higher than the national average. Construction Laborers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+57 percent), Philadelphia (+57 percent), Indianapolis (+48 percent), and Las Vegas (+31 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Construction Laborer's salary, with Houston Construction Laborers earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (17 percent less) and Dallas (13 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 36%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Construction Laborer Salaries

Welding
up arrow 53%

laborer
up arrow 18%

Carpenter
up arrow 11%

Drywall
up arrow 11%

Concrete
up arrow 6%

Plumbing
up arrow 5%

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

Carpentry
0%

National Average
$32,000

Construction Estimating
up arrow 1%

Labor Relations
up arrow 7%

framing
up arrow 8%


Painting
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
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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