Construction Laborer Salary (United States)

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 $13.72 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.67 per hour on the low end to $25.25 on the higher side. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 40 percent enjoy medical while about a quarter get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to about one-fifth. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Construction Laborer Salary (?
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$23,704 - $81,414
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $37,579
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Construction Laborer Salary (?
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$9.67 - $25.25
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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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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While Construction Laborers do not often become Construction Managers, the ones that do transition make an extra $41K per year. A typical promotion for Construction Laborers is becoming Construction Project Managers or Construction Foremans, where they can expect an extra $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.
In most cases, Construction Laborers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Though starting salaries approximate $29K, they climb to $34K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $39K. After 20 years in the field, Construction Laborers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $42K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth 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 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within 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
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National Average
$31,000
Phoenix
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Seattle
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Charlotte
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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Construction Laborers, 108 percent higher than the national average. New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Madison are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Construction Laborers earning around 49 percent, 42 percent, 32 percent, and 18 percent more than average. Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Seattle (-13 percent) and Phoenix (-3 percent).

Construction Laborer Reviews

What is it like working as a Construction Laborer?
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.
What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Construction Laborer in Pleasant Hill:
"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
up arrow 8%
National Average
$31,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

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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Highly satisfied
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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