Construction Laborers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $14.65 per hour. In the world of Construction Laborers, overall income ranges from $21K near the bottom to $61K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly more than a fifth collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,710 - $63,339
(Median)
$21K
$38K
$63K
MEDIAN: $38,061
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$10.03 - $25.68
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$10
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$26
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$20,710 - $63,339  
   
Bonus
$61.83 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $49,665  
Commission
$550  
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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$21,098 - $60,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $25.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.46  
Overtime
$15.11 - $38.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$61.83 - $4,848  
   
Commission
$550  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $49,665  
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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$21,098 - $60,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,460
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Manager. The average Construction Manager brings home $73K per year. 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


Construction Laborers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Concrete, Carpentry, and Carpenter are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning, Roofing Materials Installation, and framing. Those familiar with Machine Operation also tend to know Carpentry.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Laborer

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


For Construction Laborers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. Construction Laborers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,263

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Construction Laborers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 101 percent above the national average. Construction Laborers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+24 percent), Cincinnati (+21 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and San Diego (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas and Houston (8 percent lower).

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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




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Construction Laborer Salaries

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Carpentry
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Labor Relations
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National Average
$32,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 279 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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