$36,602
Avg. Salary
$15.05
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$696

Bonus

$1,526

Profit Sharing

$251

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Construction Laborer is $15.05 per hour.

The average pay for a Construction Laborer is $36,602 per year.

10%
$10.28
10%
$15.05
50%
$26.43
90%
90%
MEDIAN $15.05
10%
$20k
10%
$37k
50%
$64k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $36,602
$20,383 - $63,778
$20K
$37K
$64K
MEDIAN: $36,602
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$10.28 - $26.43
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$0$63K
Salary $20,383 - $63,778
Bonus $99.70 - $3,007
Profit Sharing $96.96 - $6,234
Commission $251
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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$22,012 - $61,429
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 321
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $10.28 - $26.43
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.47
Overtime $15.24 - $39.19
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $99.70 - $3,007
Commission $251
Profit Sharing $96.96 - $6,234
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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$22,012 - $61,429
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,008

Job Description

A construction laborer works with their hands in a variety of construction work. Some of their tasks include digging holes, ditches, and trenches; mixing concrete; painting and plastering; and installing drywall. They help to build and maintain buildings and infrastructure such as roads and highways. They also set up and clean up work sites. Construction laborers work in a variety of settings. Some work outdoors, while others work indoors, at great heights, or underground. Construction workers typically work a standard 40-hour week, although may also experience production halts due to dangerous weather.

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Construction Laborer Tasks
  • Perform tasks involving physical labor at many different types of construction projects.
  • May operate hand and power tools of all types.
  • Load and unload equipment, clear work areas, and bring materials to workers with specific skills.

Common Career Paths


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Construction Laborers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Manager. The average Construction Manager brings home $73K per year. Construction Laborers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Construction Foremans or Construction Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $18K higher and $37K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Concrete, Carpentry, Machine Operation, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning, Roofing Materials Installation, and Painting. Most people skilled in Machine Operation are similarly competent in Carpentry.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Construction Laborer has a positive trend. An entry-level Construction Laborer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 1,872 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Construction Laborer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 684 salaries. An experienced Construction Laborer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 544 salaries. A Construction Laborer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 192 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

59%

-2%

-2%

National Average: $33,317

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Laborers, 62 percent above the national average. Construction Laborers will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+33 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Denver (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Q: What is it like working as a Construction Laborer?

Construction Laborer in Cleveland:
"More tricks to the trade."
An apprentice should watch and figure out, the whys and how comes the journeymen did it that certain way. Along with using tools and instrument apparatus.

Construction Laborer in McGehee:
"Cheap roofers."
Pros: I like the long hours, the check will make up for the little 8$ an hour.
Cons: I hate when it's 110 degrees and I'm working 13 hour days for 8 an hour.

Construction Laborer in Corbin:
"Ok."
Pros: Experience and knowledge, and being outside.
Cons: The stress, and the timeline to complete a job.

Construction Laborer in Chula Vista:
Pros: Its a hands on job.
Cons: It can get very hard. Especialy on a hot day.

Construction Laborer in Austin:
Pros: You never stop learning, and always meeting a new places.
Cons: None.

Construction Laborer in Sioux Falls:
"More experiance."
Learn all you can every day & work as if you would want someone to work for you.

Construction Laborer in Pleasant Hill:
"Don't Sell Yourself Short."
Find out about your employers history before making any plans for working for that company. Make sure you talk about the perks of the company and future benefits for working for that company.

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Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 712 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲28%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$33,000

▼8%

How Skills Affect Salaries

▲18%

Carpentry
▲7%


▼0%

National Average
$33,000


labor
▼2%

Tools
▼3%

Carpenter
▼4%



framing
▼5%

laborer
▼5%


Painting
▼6%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 712 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 62%