Public Works Laborer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Public Works Laborers earn an average of $15.34 per hour. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Public Works Laborers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a little more than half earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,922 - $58,724
$22K
$35K
$59K
MEDIAN: $35,263
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$10.58 - $21.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$21,922 - $58,724  
   
Bonus
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$22,167 - $48,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.58 - $21.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$17.70 - $35.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$500  
   
Total Pay (?
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$22,167 - $48,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 166

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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

  • Maintain and repair public property like dams, roads, sewer systems and traffic lights.
  • Communicate with the public and ensure safety.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Works Laborer

Pay by Experience for a Public Works Laborer has a positive trend. An entry-level Public Works Laborer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Public Works Laborer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Public Works Laborer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 38 salaries. A Public Works Laborer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 14 salaries.

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Key Stats for Public Works Laborer

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Public Works Laborer Salaries

Experienced
▲24%

Late-Career
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Skills That Affect Public Works Laborer Salaries

Machine Operation
▲26%

Equipment Maintenance
▲14%

National Average
$33,000

Heavy Equipment Repair
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 17%
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