Men make up the majority of Public Works Laborers in the United States, bringing in about $14.98 per hour. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Public Works Laborers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$22,417 - $56,120
$22K
$34K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,132
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50%
90%

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$10.61 - $20.99
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,417 - $56,120  
   
Bonus
$600  
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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$22,364 - $46,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.61 - $20.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$16.65 - $33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$600  
   
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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$22,364 - $46,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159

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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

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $31K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $34K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $38K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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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 23 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Public Works Laborer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Public Works Laborer Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 30%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 18%

National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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