Public Works Laborer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Public Works Laborers earn an average of $14.78 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.97 per hour to $22.13. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,938 - $51,566
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $34,279
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90%

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$9.97 - $22.13
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,938 - $51,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,200  
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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$21,085 - $48,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $22.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.30  
Overtime
$13.06 - $35.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,200  
   
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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$21,085 - $48,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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Job Description for Public Works Laborer

Public works laborers generally perform a variety of maintenance tasks for the government. Those in this position generally work during traditional business hours, but extended hours may be required in some circumstances. They often work on teams with other public works laborers, and the work may be physical in nature and involve exposure to natural elements. Formal education is not generally required for this position, though some governmental agencies may prefer candidates with specialized work experience.

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Public Works Laborer Tasks

  • Drive to work sites, set up for work, and clean up after work is complete.
  • Install and improve public projects, including adding ramps, planting trees, adding signs or painting.
  • Maintain and repair public property like dams, roads, sewer systems and traffic lights.
  • Communicate with the public and ensure safety.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Works Laborer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Works Laborers make a median salary of $40K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Public Works Laborer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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