Public Works Laborer Salary

Men account for the majority of Public Works Laborers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $14.27 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.95 per hour and $22.07. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Public Works Laborers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$22,957 - $53,590
(Median)
$23K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,459
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50%
90%

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$9.95 - $22.07
(Median)
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,957 - $53,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
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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$21,092 - $49,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $22.07  
   
Overtime
$13.00 - $36.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
   
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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$21,092 - $49,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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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Experience Affects Public Works Laborer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 13%
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