Public Works Laborers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.11 per hour. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,351 - $50,559
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$22K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,353
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$10.47 - $21.69
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$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,351 - $50,559  
   
Bonus
$800  
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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$22,202 - $47,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.47 - $21.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.30  
Overtime
$16.80 - $35.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$800  
   
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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$22,202 - $47,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $31K. Public Works Laborers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Public Works Laborer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

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 29%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 17%

National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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