How Much Do Construction Laborers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Construction Laborers

Construction Laborers perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris, and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$43000 per year
Hourly wage
$21 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$26,090 to $30,690 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Construction Laborers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,090 to $30,690 per year or $13 to $15 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Construction Laborers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $34 $69,880
Senior (Top 25%) $24 $50,330
Middle (Mid 50%) $18 $37,890
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $30,690
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,090

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
HI $30 $62,690
IL $29 $61,240
NJ $28 $58,680
MA $28 $57,610
NY $28 $57,480
RI $27 $55,530
MN $26 $53,300
AK $26 $53,040
WA $25 $52,550
CT $25 $51,380

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Construction Laborer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like HI doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at HI might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Construction Laborers are in the states of HI, IL, NJ, MA and NY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $59980 $28.84
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $55110 $26.49
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $53810 $25.87
Telecommunications $53680 $25.81
Amusement Parks and Arcades $53340 $25.65
Motion Picture and Video Industries $52170 $25.08
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $51460 $24.74
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance $50410 $24.24
Natural Gas Distribution $49710 $23.90
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $49090 $23.60
Management of Companies and Enterprises $48480 $23.31
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $48470 $23.30
Death Care Services $48320 $23.23
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $47170 $22.68
Coal Mining $47120 $22.66
Rental and Leasing Services $46770 $22.48
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services $46680 $22.44
Nonresidential Building Construction $45580 $21.91
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $45360 $21.81
Junior Colleges $45310 $21.78
Ship and Boat Building $45210 $21.73
Waste Collection $45040 $21.65
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $44750 $21.52
Utility System Construction $44650 $21.47
Investigation and Security Services $44340 $21.32
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $44240 $21.27
Metal Ore Mining $44170 $21.23
Local Government $43480 $20.91
Facilities Support Services $43260 $20.80
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $43220 $20.78

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