Average Public Works Laborer Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Public Works Laborer is $15.29.
MEDIAN $15.29
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $22
$47 - $1,838
Total Pay
$23,101 - $50,025

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Job Description for Public Works Laborer

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.

Job Satisfaction for Public Works Laborer

3.6 out of 5
Highly Satisfied

Career Paths

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Public Works Laborer
Public Works Director
Equipment Operator
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Public Works Laborer

Skills in Heavy Equipment Operation and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training, Plumbing and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Works Laborer

An entry-level Public Works Laborer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.41 based on 22 salaries. An early career Public Works Laborer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.94 based on 187 salaries. A mid-career Public Works Laborer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.01 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Public Works Laborer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.29 based on 60 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $17.

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